What is it about Cheerios? Why do all mothers of really young children never leave the house without a small plastic baggie filled with them? And what is it about them that keeps every wee one I’ve ever seen quiet, happy and occupied, even for hours?
Have you ever paid attention when little kids are around? Doesn’t matter where you are. It could be grandma’s kitchen, a restaurant, a doctor’s waiting room, a store, a Continue reading →
Have you ever played the Word Association game? You know the one I mean. I’m sure your parents played it with you and/or your siblings on long, boring road trips. Basically it’s about exchanging words that are associated together. Here’s an example: Let’s say someone says “Dog”. The next person might then say, “Cat”. And the next person might say, “Fur”. And on and on it goes.
Well, I think I’ve inadvertently come up with a new twist on this old classic: Thought Association. It happened, quite unintentionally, while I was watching the Olympics, specifically the Jamaican sprinters.
The Jamaican team made me think of jerk chicken. What can I say? I like spicy food and West Indian cooking, in particular.
This made me think of scotch bonnet peppers, which should come with a warning. The deadliest of the deadly, even a small bite can set you ablaze.
This made me think of Michael, a Trinidadian art director who used to work for me. Whenever he went home for a visit he always returned with a bottle of his mother’s delicious but lethal hot sauce for me.
This made me think of a Bajan I once knew, who invited me to one of his parties. He hadn’t told me, as he kept topping up my drink, that I was slugging back over-proof rum. Instead of getting loaded, I got tired. I happened to be in the one and only bathroom in his house when the need to lay down hit me like a ton Continue reading →