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Well, I certainly didn’t plan for this! Just 10 minutes earlier I was happily roaming the St Thomas community called Amity Hall, sharing jokes with friendly residents and enjoying the outstanding landscape. Now I was huddled under a creaking shed made of zinc and wood, with an impish fellow called Byron, as heavy rains lashed the area with alarming force. It was a windy shower, so the shed was providing shelter for little more than our heads, but there was no building close enough for us to run to. We were stuck.

“Jah leggo di pipe pan we wickid, man!” said Byron. The left half of my face was soaked. We could see that down the road this sudden shower was already causing the roadway to flood. Tree branches were swaying to and fro as a drenched dog darted down a nearby hill.

I asked Byron, a long-time resident of the community, if this kind of sudden rainstorm was common in Amity Hall.

“Well, this part known fi di rain,” he said. “Dats how comes di place always so green and ting. Sometimes di rain fall every day, fi all a month straight without stop. Ah so it go, bredda.”

The whooshing sound of the wind and rain made it feel like a hurricane. And with due respect, Byron is not the person with whom I’d wish to be cramped in such close quarters. I told him so. “Tee hee! Ah so it go, pardy,” he said. “When rain blow yuh get trap all bout. One time me and Miss Jackson daughter get lock up inna one half side ah one house we did ah help build. Whole night she sing inna mi ears bout how mi fi bruck out window. Mi ask har, when mi bruck it, if ah she ah go pay di people dem back fi it.” Byron was emphatic as he spoke. He clearly felt passionately about the matter.

“Anyway, we deh deh all night till morning come and some workman come let we out. Dem swear seh we did ah gwaan wid tings. Ah true dem nuh know what a baddaration she be.” …

  Via Rainy day in Amity Hall - Lifestyle - Jamaica Gleaner - Tuesday | March 12, 2013

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