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Carnival Friday

As far away as I am, it’s still Carnival Friday. I could blame it on having access to Trinidad radio, but the truth is that it’s there no matter what. Carnival is Carnival. You can be happy about it, or you can let it break your heart – but you can’t ignore it. It’s in your blood. The fact that I have access to Trinidad radio means that I can enjoy the feeling instead of having this immense sense of being excluded, of the biggest thing in the world happening, but you can’t be there.

It’s so difficult to not be home for Carnival. Sure, not being home for Christmas sucks too, but there is so much more to Carnival. It’s the high point of the year, and no matter how long you spend in exile, no matter how many Carnivals you miss, I can’t imagine it not being the high point of the year. Listening to a flood of chutney soca only makes it more intense. Kaiso is something I feel strongly about, but I don’t feel the sense of “ownership” of kaiso that I do of chutney. Still, no matter how much of a sense of immediacy the radio can give you, it will never be the same, and it will never fill the sense of longing, the knowledge of what you are missing.

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