A Bajan Road Trip: Bajans on Sunday
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A Bajan on Sunday sometimes is a totally different person.
You may know a Bajan from Monday to Saturday, but on Sundays, it’s a completely different story.
If you know, you know.
But for those who don’t know, here are 10 ways Bajans may change on Sundays.
- She wears dresses or skirts. On a usual day, she may only wear short pants but she has some Sunday dresses and girly skirts put aside for church on Sunday.
- He owns a tie 'besides' his school tie. He may fret or refuse to wear a tie to work unless mandated by his employer, but on Sundays, he is in the pew in a crisp button-down shirt and tie.
- They press or iron. Monday to Saturday they may look like crab mash, shaking clothes pulled from drawers and putting them on without ironing. But not on Sunday!
- Their language is squeaky clean. A Bajan may be a pirate all RH week long, but you see the Lord’s day… “De devil send you right? But not today…not dis bless-ed SUNDEE… NOT ME!" They would cuss you uh nedda day.
- Music preferences switch up. Pass the house in the gap that usually blazes Squash, Popcaan and Kartel and hear ‘Take me to the King… truth is I’m tired, options are few, I’m trying to pray, but where are you? I’m all churched out!” Look sharp, you’ll hear the people inside singing hard too.
- Pots turn up. Bajans will turn down pots from Thursday. That is, they will not cook on Friday and Saturday but Sunday they have a saucepan on all four holes of the stove and something in the oven baking still. Salads in the fridge and drink mixed in the large pitcher as well. It’s a spread on Sundays in a Bajan household.
- Team sleep. All week they may be going, going, going and hastagging #Teamnosleep. But on Sundays, everybody is ready for a nap. Do not tell a Bajan about plans at 2pm or 3pm on Sundays because when the day arrives, all the yeses turn into “I lie down dey fuh two minutes. I aint even know when I drop sleep; and I now get up. To rush and get ready now. Wuh time it is?” That question is barely for show! It could be four minutes past 1pm, it would still too late to get ready. You are going to get a calm, “I so sorry. Next time hear. I ain’t able now. I real sorry. But you leh me know how it was.” The funniest part is, the next day when you call and ask, “So how was it?” You can get a “Wuh as you din bout it nuh more, I stop home and mek sleep hear ting!”
- Sweet teeth come out. The most health-conscious Bajan tends to “feel to eat someting sweet” on a Sunday evening. It’s the day that Bajans love to finish with a warm turnover or jampuff from the bakery or with a scoop or three of ice cream.
- Bajans use landlines. Ever noticed that in many Bajan homes the house phone rings most on Sundays? Everybody assumes you’re home on Sundays! Some parents and grandparents sit and discuss the deads over the phone on Sundays along with what people wore to church the morning. “Cause Sunday after Sunday…” and they gone long down the road, sometimes till the cordless phone cuts out because the battery dies.
- They don't care about gas prices or they try to get gas before the price goes up at midnight. On Sundays, some Bajans love to go for a drive. These are the same people who complain and grumble about gas prices all week but Sunday evenings they "just feel for a lil drive". On the flip side, when gas and diesel prices change in Barbados it's always effective 12am, Monday, so Bajans leave home before 11.59pm on Sundays to get some fuel at the old low price if they didn't just fill-up the Saturday. 'Cause if they just fill up, they will be biting their tongues till Monday when they can shell properly and colourfully about the unfairness of it all.
Are you a different person on Sunday?
A Bajan Road Trip is a series of articles, photos and videos which will highlight various aspects of Barbados and Bajans - culture, food, lifestyle, places, persons and activities for the 53 days leading up to Independence Day, November 30, 2019.