August 16, 2007 at 4:10 pm 8 comments

I am in agony today. My body hurts. Specifically my back, my shoulders, my arms and my legs. That doesn’t really leave much else does it?

What happened was as follows: I am having a housewarming party this weekend (assuming that we are not being hit by a hurricane!). While the inside of my house is well up for display, the back garden was looking rather pathetic. Depending on the weather, it was either a dust bowl or a mud bath.

So after investigating, I discovered that if you go to Bog Walk (about 1 hours drive from Kingston), you can buy rolls of grass. Great I thought, just buy the grass, roll it out and I have a garden. No planting of seeds, nice and simple. So I called up, ordered, borrowed my dad’s station wagon, roped him in to help in the afternoon and off I went.

Well, of course it’s not that simple. The grass merges together in the back of the vehicle on the drive back to town, becoming one big pile of mud and grass. Which is very heavy to move. You can’t just put this on the ground either, you have to break up the soil with a heavy pitch fork thingy. My dad helped – he carried the heavy stuff! However, I still did all of the earth breaking myself. And damn it was hot.

It’s on days like this that I realise the despite the fact that I grew up in Jamaica, that this is my home and where I want to have children one day, I will never truely by a middle-class Jamaican girl. As my friends all said to me today on hearing of my plight: ‘Why didn’t you just get a man in to do it?’


Entry filed under: On life as it is only in Jamaica, On trying to become a propertied young lady.

Common Sense? Dean

8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. mad bull  |  August 16, 2007 at 8:13 pm

    Basically that leaves out your head, neck and tummy. Why didn’t you get a man to do it? Because you’re an independent woman. Still you did ask your dad, he is a man!

  • 2. Leon  |  August 16, 2007 at 9:13 pm

    When I heard of “rolls of grass,” I thought of marijuana. If Dean hits, hope you and yours will be ok.

  • 3. Yamfoot  |  August 16, 2007 at 9:32 pm

    you live in Hingland for too long! For there, you have to pack your own grocery, clean your own house and shovel your own snow.

    But of course it is the satisfaction of putting your new house together bit by bit that is the motivating factor. The aches will soon ease, and anyway, it is good preparation for getting back into exercise!

  • 4. marangand  |  August 17, 2007 at 9:53 am

    Pretty soon your backyard will be nicely “lawned” and you will rmeemebr nothign about the pains!! Look at it as a good work out..u knwo how many calories you burned!!! 🙂

  • 5. Kingston Girl  |  August 17, 2007 at 9:59 am

    Oh yes, I think I deserve fabulous arms from one days work!!!

  • 6. bobby  |  August 17, 2007 at 4:15 pm

    Hey thats smart …good idea, its allways good to “see” an industrious woman.

  • 7. Gela Words  |  August 27, 2007 at 4:22 am

    Yeah, why didn’t you get a man to do it? I’m with your friends – if the work is too hard, pay a man to do it unless you really love that kind of stuff.

  • 8. Irie Diva  |  September 19, 2007 at 9:12 pm

    i dont get the “will never be a middle class girl bit” cus is uptown ppl pay ppl to do everything for them, ain’ it

    i am middle class hence wudve done it myself 🙂


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