The Story I Tell on First Dates
When Kaila Philo lived in Barbados as a kid, she once fell in the gutter and was chased by the family bull on the same day. Sharing that story on first dates taught her a lot about the exotic fantasies of some white men.
Barbados should be famous for its open gutters.
One half of my family is Bajan while the other is St Lucian, but I was born in Brooklyn, New York. For reasons not to be discussed, when I was about two years old, my mother sent my sister and I to live on the island for several years. Little did I know this time would serve as great story material for first dates.
All throughout metropolitan-ish Bridgetown are rectangular trenches used as a last resort to combat flash flooding on the island. They’re positioned right between the street and whatever terrain is there for pedestrian use. If memory serves correct, there were no visible signs or warnings for these open gutters; whoever OK’d this architectural design must’ve assumed citizens would adhere to their common sense, as most do, and try to avoid these ditches. Children, however, aren’t known for being very commonsensical, so one day after school I fell in.