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Memba When (Remember When) - Jamaican Joke

jamaican child memories

I got this one from Bro T via WhatsApp yesterday and I couldn't wait to share it with you. Love it!

It is especially true to those who were born before the mid 1980s. Really fun memories though!


By the way, #19 and #28 are my favourite! lol.

Be sure to tell us which one is your favourite memory in the comments below.

MEMBA WHEN (Remember When?)

  1. Memba when you do all you homework at school so dat as yuh reach home you ramp so til you hear smadddy shout out...

    "yuh madda a ccooooommme!" and yuh dash inna yuh house and change yuh school uniform as yuh would surely get a beaten fi inna yuh uniform at 6pm.

  2. Memba when yuh go school 7 days a week fi keep yuh outa trouble. Mon - Friday regular school and private lesson, saturday class, and sunday school at church which is a half day affair.

  3. Memba if yuh 'kin poopah lick' and bu'st out you pants, yuh get a beaten

  4. Memba 10 cent bulla and jackass corn

  5. Memba when you turn on the tv at 4pm and wait till JBC sign on at 5pm, stand at attention sing the national anthem, and den sit back and watch some cartoon. And dont figet di Big Bwoy story whey you did haffi hide and tell

  6. Memba when yu a come fram school and stop fi pick cherry off Mass John cherry tree and dawg run yu dung

  7. Memba when yu madda sen yu fi tek the clothes fram affa di line but yu wait til night den yu fraid fi go by yuself

  8. Memba when yu fraid fi go a shop by yuself a night because Miss Matty jus' dead and yu tink yu might si har duppy

  9. Memba when yu and yu fren dem decide seh unu a go run a boat, the biggest cart wheel dumplin yu eva si!

  10. Memba when coming fram school ina di rain and yu tek off yu shoes and walk barefoot all the way home a race board horse inna di gutter water

  11. Memba when dem use fi gi weh free milk powder and bulga rice a school, an' yu play milk powder war all the way home

  12. Memba when dem good rice and peas and chicken Sunday dinna with a nice refreshing glass ah carrot juice

  13. Memba when yu 'ave roast breadfruit and ackee and salt fish breakfast jus' barely a day afta yu Saturday Peas soup wid cho-cho, turnip, carrot an' punkin

  14. Memba when teacha beat yu because yu neva do yu homework

  15. Memba marning time when yu reach a school jus in time fi devotion and yu betta mek sure yu ave yu hym book and yu bible, yu pleat dem betta in order and yu khaki well starch

  16. Memba dem good ole starch uniform ( coudda stan up by demself ) and yu nice shine brown or black shoes

  17. Memba when yu madda use fi seh "Go pick a switch mek a beat yu"

  18. Memba Christmas time when everybody a mek a suit fi gran market night, mama stay up a bake cake, draw sorrell, cook curry goat, don't figet the case a D&G soda and red stripe beer weh unda the bed

  19. Memba when a ginnep seed fly dung yu throat and smaddy 'ave fi lick yu back fi mek it fly back up

  20. Memba when yu swallow chewing gum & dem seh yu ago ded cause it ago tie up yu tripe Memba a come fram school and stap fi get the last piece a Miss Brown toeto and a sky juice

  21. Memba dem seh nuh buy nuh sky juice fram Mr. Tom because 'im ave sore foot

  22. Memba when dem seh nuh buy bun & cheeze from juicie cause him use di knife cut & clean him toenail

  23. Memba saving part a lunch money fi buy ice cream fram creamy weh come pan Sunday

  24. Memba a fling stone fi lick dung ginnep and the stone bus yu bredda head

  25. Memba the peanut man ... the jackfruit lady ... the orange man ... the sarda-pan man

  26. Memba a play marble wid yu bredren dem

  27. Memba a go a bush wid yu fadda

  28. Memba a go undaneat the cellar fi the fowl egg (yes I do)

  29. Memba a jump rope wid yu fren dem
    ... One two Beeny
    ... lick im mek im feel eh,
    mek im know yu mean eh,
    yu mean eh, yu mean eh

  30. Memba playing "Miss Mary Mack Mack Mack, All Dressed In Black Black Black"

  31. Memba a kick foot ball wid yu fren dem roun' a ball grong

  32. Memba when Cristmus come and we watch JohnCunu jump up and down and we get fraid?

  33. Memba yu madda sen yu go a shop and yu sing the list all the way deh ... "one pint milk, one bread, 1 lb a flour. But when yu reach deh, yu tell the shop keeper yu want "1 pint of bread, 1 lb of milk & a flour

  34. Memba when yu last yu madda money and yu fraid fi go back home because she might beat yu

  35. Memba settin up the roosta dem fi fight

  36. Memba all dem good duppy story, and nancy story wi 'ear growing up

  37. Memba how yu use to fraid fi walk a night cause yu tink sey black-heart-man woulda tek yu weh

  38. Memba when bokkle cut yu foot bottam dung a gully

  39. Memba when yu use to stone Missa Smith mango tree dem, and we use to tink seh him have gun

  40. Memba when yu left all day and go a rivva an go cook and when yu come come yu get a beaten

  41. Memba when yu unifarm get dirty Monday marning, and Yu madda beat yu ina di evening

If you 'memba' all the above... THEN YOU REALLY OLD :-)

And how about the ring games? Be sure to take a look at some of the popular Jamaican ring games here.

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Jun 24, 2019
Darati Mac
by: Anonymous

Hey Darati you a gwan like yu no MEMBA anna gwan like au a hi ti titi I meant High Society

Apr 09, 2018
Thanks for sharing
by: Dorothy McLeod

Hi Wellesley:

Thanks for sharing although it didn’t quite parallel my memories as I was raised in a very strict environment which didn’t allow for staying at school to play; had to be home in reasonable time after school let out to do chores and get home work done before lamp light and even had to go to church Tues., Wed. and Friday nights; Sundays was an all day affaire: Sunday School, regular Sunday service, home for dinner; then Young People’s meeting in the afternoon leading into Sunday night’s service (still managed to have fun though Smile )

Can you help me with information on the history of our foods leading to our unique menu items? Any help will be appreciated.

Thanks much.


Apr 09, 2018
i remember
by: Marsha Patterson-Hartley

Oh yes dwl I remember most of them lol and also:

Memba when front teeth drop out n u dash it pon house top n seh ratta ratta tek me ole teeth n gimme new teeth

Memba when u use red polish pon di wooden floor n shine it wid di coconut brush n still use one ole piece a cloth n pull u sibling over the floor fi mek it shinier

Mar 19, 2018
oh yes.
by: Wellesley

and #35 too :-) memories.

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