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It is 7.15 am. I am in Scarborough early, to get
easy parking uptown. While waiting for the
cloth store to open, I bide time by walking
Passing near the Methodist church, I put my
hand out to graze along the top of an orange
A loose clump of about five flowered stems comes
off in my hand. Holding the small bunch, I walk
back down to the square to wait in front of the
Ahead of me, at the corner, a car stops and an
older man gets out from the back. As I approach,
he sees the orange flowers in my hand, laughs and
says: "You selling flowers or wha ?"
I stop, pick two from the bunch and give to him.
"For me?" he says, surprised. "Sharing! That s
nice. The world needs more sharing."
I agree and wish him a good day.
"You have a good day too."
Glancing back, I see him waiting to cross the
road to the bank, holding his orange bougainvillea
Later...It is now 3.30 pm and I am in Bon Accord,
across the road from Stumpy s Hardware, sitting
on a stool under a tent, surrounded by Valentine s
Day paraphernalia. Out of curiosity, I have come
to chat with Bev, the woman who has set up this
Valentine s table for the second consecutive year.
No one is here but us. I ask: "Do lots of people
come to buy?"
"Tobago people laid back," Bev explains with a
slight American accent. She has lived in the States
for many years.
"They will come and watch first and wouldn t
buy yet...but you wouldn t like to see here on the
day! Dem man an dem who ent get nothing yet,
Bev is an excellent saleswoman. I end up buying
four small $5 bags of little beads called Bio Gel,
"or Water Babies, as they call them here," Bev
informs me. The coloured beads swell into translu-
cent marble-sized balls when soaked for a few
hours in water.
Bev shows me the "hit item" known as the "Love
Thermometer," which I hold in my hand to test.
"Ooooooh, girl! You gotta lotta love!" Bev
exclaims as the red liquid rapidly rises, filling the
CAN'T BUY ME LOVE PART II
She gives me a tour of the vast array of Love
gizmos, amazingly priced from $5 minimum to
$100 maximum, because "I give you nice at a pocket
price": straw Love-hamper baskets filled with
romantic trinkets, hanging hearts, stuffed teddies,
large gift bags covered with hearts, ring boxes ("For
that person who may want to propose on the day
itself"), a red rose that s actually a thong, a rose
that lights up and says "I love you" when pressed,
a teddy bear that does the same...and Bev shows
me a small plastic rose bud in clear wrapping: "Two
of these roses for $5, because it s the thought that
Anyone seeking Valentine s gifts like these would
definitely strike a treasure trove at Bev s Every-
The wind flutters the red tinsel hearts hanging
from the edges of the sales tent. Cars crawl by.
Pedestrians amble along the sidewalk, not really
glancing our way.
I wish someone would stop to buy something
while I m here. I m curious to see which item(s)
they would choose.
But, hardly likely this will happen now, judging
from the fact that "dem man an dem" scramble
on "the day itself."
But why wait until February 14? Every day is
"the day itself"...and it doesn t have to cost a thing.
and ring box.
Love lessons at Bev's Everything
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