Stay up-to-date with all that's new at My-Island-Jamaica, Click Here to subscribe for my updates and don't miss a thing!

Going back to Jamaica every year since

by Ann
(Brooklyn, NY)

Growing Up


I spend the first 17 years of my life in this wonderful country.

I remember planting/selling callaloo and pak choy in / from my father's garden where he planted gungo peas. My father bought my sister and I each a pig, a goat, and we were each given a calf when his cow gave birth.

Each and every morning we had a choice of either fresh cow's or goat's milk. We drank milk so much that my sister stop drinking it all together!

I also remember a group of us use to wait for the cane truck coming from Sevens with cane. We would run it down and pull cane from the back of the truck.

I remember on Saturdays my mom would pack up our dirty clothes, and we would spend the whole day at Sevens River. There, we would wash our clothes on rocks and eat sugar cane.

My Mom would cook ackee & saltfish with yellow yam and banana. My brother, sister and I along with our cousins would swim till our skin shrivel up like old people. At the end of the day when our clothes are dry we would pack up and go home only to prepare to do it all over again the next week.

Pineapple season was also a memorable time in our lives. Everyday while at school we would buy pineapples - pineapple for breakfast, lunch & dinner. Each year we would go to the Denbigh showground for the annual event, as well as attend the stage show in May Pen Square by the clock.

Visiting Home


I went back to Jamaica in 1995 - November, when I went to bring my dad back with me to the States.

However, in August of 1998 I went to Jamaica on a cruise. The ship docked in Ocho Rios. My friend of 5 years prior drove down from Kingston to spend the day with me. We drove around and stop at the foot of Duns River Falls sat on a rock and ate sweet sop and guineps.

It was then that I remember what I was missing. I went to Jamaica for a week early the following year and have been going back every year since!

Editor's Note
Awesome, great to hear Ann!

I love your story. I can relate to a few of the stories you mentioned, especially at the river on weekends! Thanks for the feedback.

And we have lots of other stories, I invite my readers to Read even more insightful stories here.

Click here to post comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Your_Jamaican_Story.

If you found this page useful, please consider subscribing to my weekly newsletter, My Island Jamaica Digest here. It tells you each week about the new information that I have added, including new developments and great stories from lovers of Jamaica!

Back To The Top Of This Page

New! Talk To Me
Was the information helpful? Something needs changing? I welcome
your feedback here.

Read More ...

Recommended For You ...


Other Great Articles You Might Have Missed

data-matched-content-rows-num="2" data-matched-content-columns-num="3"

Please help me get the message out by sharing this article with your friends on social media (links below). Thnx ;-)

Also connect with My-Island-Jamaica.com on Social Media: 

Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube
Thank You!

P.S. Didn't find exactly what you were looking for? Still need help?

Click Here to try our dependable and effective Site Search tool. It works!

Or, simply click here and here, to browse my library of over 500 questions and answers! Chances are someone already asked (and got an answer to) your question.


About The Author

wellesley gayle - booking link

A patriotic Jamaican who adore its culture, Wellesley has been using this medium to share what he calls 'the uniqueness of Jamaica with the world' since April 2007.  

To date, he serves over 9,300 unique readers / viewers per day.

His efforts have earned this site featured positions in local publications, including the Jamaica Gleaner's Hospitality Jamaica, Carlong Publishers, as well as recognition from numerous prestigious international agencies and universities. Read more about him here.

He invites you to subscribe to this site to stay updated on all the latest and check out his unique Jamaican products on his Etsy store.  

You are also invited to join his exclusive JAMHearts community where like-minded Jamaican enthusiasts discuss all things Jamaican. 

copyscape
Back To The Top Of This Page