Baby Sisters, Birthdays and Buckets of Tea

One summer afternoon, more than 4 decades ago, a 3 year old little girl watched her mummy and her new baby sister sleeping on the bed. The recently fed baby girl had her tiny fists tightly curled and the 3 year old took one of the tiny fists in her own little hand. It was …

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Birthdays, Pandemics and Black Forest Cakes

  Eighteen years ago, near the end of March, I brought home a tiny 6 lb  bundle of little girl wrapped in a blanket. It was a trying time because I had another bigger bundle of little girl at home that was not quite 2 years old yet, and I had more than a few …

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Birthdays Past and Present

  Two months ago my older daughter, Rajini celebrated her 19th birthday. This was her second birthday away from her family. When she was at home, my thoughts at this time would have been focused on planning the birthday party because this daughter is the one who enjoys gatherings of family and friends combined with …

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Rising…

Last week Sunday, a little after midday, as I was preparing to take a shower, an unusual sight caught my eye. Through the bathroom window, I saw a huge john crow (a Jamaican name for a vulture) flying very low and close to the house. From my perch in the shower, looking out the window, …

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Shades Of Grey

At my mother's house, there is a grey couch that sits in the part of the living room designated for telephone activity. It looks very ordinary compared to the other richly carved antique furniture in my mother's house. If there was a fire and I could only save one item it would be that couch. …

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“For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday” – Khalil Gibran

Eighteen years ago, on the morning of September 20, after almost 24 hours of labour, we finally got to meet our first-born, a beautiful baby girl with a headful of hair, and a face that was the “dead stamp” of her father, as we say in Jamaica. We named her Rajini, which means queen but …

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Lost and Found (part 2)

  Sometime in the first half of this year, we got an unusual phone call at home. It was about 5pm, and I had just come home from work, changed and was settling down to my customary evening cup of tea. The phone rang and my husband answered, It turned out to be Bryte, my …

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The Three Questions ( from birthdays past)

I was more than half way into my birthday celebration week, and here I was again washing dishes in the night, after having cooked dinner, because the rest of my family had mysteriously vanished once dinner was consumed. My grand plans for having my family cook, and for me to have my evenings free to …

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