How to Make an American Blush in One Easy Step

How to Make an American Blush in One Easy Step

The date: January 15, 2009

The place: Beautifully restored 17th-century plantation home called St Nicholas Abbey, Cherry Tree Hill, Barbados

The persons involved: A friendly Bajan young man and a middle-aged female American tourist given to blushing

What happened: A colorful dialect oops!

I took my friend Vicki, visiting from Washington, DC, to the 1658 Jacobean mansion on Cherry Tree Hill in St Peter.  Like all visitors, Vicki was taken by the beauty of the home’s intricate architectural details and lush 400 acres of rolling sugar cane fields, tropical gullies, mahogany forests and lush formal gardens.

But St Nicholas Abbey is more than a lovingly restored home and tourist landmark.  It’s also the site of a premium rum-making operation. The rum barrels and bottling operation are run from a beautiful room in the back of the house.  Rum is sold is beautiful etched bottles, as are rum cake, sugar, tea towels, gourmet cookies, jams, and other special items.

St Nicholas Abbey in Barbados

St Nicholas Abbey, Cherry Tree Hill, Barbados: Scene of the Blush

Vicki loved the home and gardens and complimentary rum punch we were served.  But Vicki is a hard-core shopper and what entranced her most was the shopping opportunity afforded by the rum shop.

That’s where she struck up a conversation with a lovely young Bajan man.

After fairly prolonged conversation, I overheard the young man confide in my friend that he was ready to find a wife and settle down.  He’d even, he said, recently lost a substantial amount of weight so he was fighting fit for the task.

Taken with his sweet eyes and friendly, open manner, Vicki gently assured him, “Just you wait.  Some very special woman will come along and snatch you up.”

To which the charming young man paused for a moment, thinking of his future Ms Perfect. He sighed. Then, picking up on the American tourist’s language he responded, “Yeah, I’m just waiting for the perfect snatch.”

At which point I took Vicki by the hand and led my friend, carrying three bags of neatly packed merchandise, back to the car.  She rode home with the car windows down, the cool winter Barbados air cooling her burning cheeks.



4 Responses to “How to Make an American Blush in One Easy Step”

  1. Michelle says:

    Just goes to show… a little language mix-up can be a dangerous thing!

  2. Well Jane, all I can say is that Vicki must have thought that the young Bajan had it exactly right! Interstingly, how WOULD a lady respond to that! Walking away is best if she wants to stay out of trouble! You did good.

  3. Yes, walking away is probably best at moments like this. Not that she could have spoken anyway … I think her tongue was tied in a knot right then.

    What’s so charming to me about this is that the young man was being a characteristically friendly Bajan and simply using the language my friend had used.

    He was so adorable. And I hope he finds the lady of his dreams … and I hope, too, that he has a sense of humor.

  4. Barbadienne says:

    what a beautiful place I remember and even if I am 25 I enjoyed the tour and the shopping at the end. Too bad you cannot go upstairs:(

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