My best Jamaican childhood memories

by Karen Jackson
(Bridgeport, Connecticut,USA)

My best child hood memories are from living in Jamaica!



  • The joy of feeling proud to wear pink and blue uniform.

  • The teachers and the principal cared with discipline.

  • My helper taking me to beach - eating sugar on a daily basis.

  • Taking the train to May Pen, the fun of looking out the window – watching the higglers going on and off the train.

  • The delicious bammy and peppered fish.

  • Tamarind in may pen along with jackass corn (pastry).

  • Going to YS falls, and bluefields beach on weekends.

  • The love displayed by other parents, keeping an eye on each others children while keeping care and disciplined in place.

  • Buying fried fish, yam and bammy on the roadside.

  • Driving to Kingston using the north side of the island and getting the excitement of finding flat bridge not flooded and seeing the bauxite pit - knowing if the car goes in no one is coming out.


    My parents kept of lot of what Jamaica really is from me as child so it became a shock as an adult. There were bad memories also but all the fun stuff far outweighs them and provides the joy I feel when I think about my childhood in Jamaica.

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Immaculate Conception H S.---1970's---the 3 B's--
by: Lise Blanchard

I went to Immaculate Conception High School in the early 1970's----with a girl called Karen Best, Linda Bell, Michelle Sherman, Elizabeth Grant, the Palomino's, Charrise Pink, Jenn Philpott, go to facebook to see pictures of some of us------or e-mail me at liseblanchard@shaw.ca---I live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada now---I am 54 yrs old---ooopppsss forgot Penny Benn too!!!

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By any chance
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I am trying to track down someone from my mum's childhood- a Karen Best. My mum is Lindsey and the sister of Kerry, Dominic and Matthew. I am trying my luck writing to any Karen's that grew up in Jamaica? Thanks. If you know anything please email lilliekinz@aol.com

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