Views From A Jamaican Expat In The USA

by Lana B Berridge
(Florida)

I'm an expat who immigrated in 1969 at eighteen with my parents to the USA. I think I could write a book about my more than four decades in the United States.


I think I didn't visit Jamaica as regularly as I would have liked because I married someone from another country, and we had to share vacation time. We also lived most of the time in Southern California, which is quite far from Jamaica.

Last but not least, we had to be very conservative with our finances, raising and educating, our three kids, who are now successful adults. We are extremely proud of them. anyway that is for another story. LOL

I love Jamaica, but would feel like I was not in My Jamaica, because I had visited Kingston - where I was born and raised, only once. I would go to the resorts, mean to get to Kingston, and was back at Sangster Airport, on my way back to the states. ah, ah, I told my husband that we were going to fly into Norman Manley Airport, see Kingston, and then take the next bus to the resort, then fly back home from Sangster! whew, idea!!

But there I was in Kingston, after over 30 years, bawling with happiness!

My childhood friend ( the only one who still lives In Jamaica ) took us to my high school, that's when the tears started.

I loved and still love my high school, that school helped me become the woman I am today! Oh, Hope Gardens, my elementary school, goosebumps!

TO THOSE WHO BADMOUTH Kingston, some of them have never even been there, and they are not even Jamaican, please stop it. Kingston helped make me the person I am today.

My husband who is not Jamaican was relieved to see that Kingston was not that place, the negative mongers talk about. Now I live in Florida, so looks like more Jamaica in my future.

Irie, from di Yaady!
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