I love old photos, don't you? (Although I often wonder why no one ever smiled.) I particularly love this photo because it's of my great-grandmother and great-grandfather (and their children) on my mother's side. They were from Barbados and ultimately moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts where my mother - a Barbados citizen by descent - was born and raised. This elegantly framed picture hangs prominently in my mother's dining room in Los Angeles...which is where I was raised.
|My uncle and grandfather in the early 60s.|
My mother and her brother are both multiracial. People often mistake my uncle as Hispanic and my mother as either Hispanic or a tanned European of some sort. (I always get a kick out of that.) I guess that's because their father - my grandfather (also from Barbados) - was either of Scottish or Irish descent. No one really knows for sure because no one in the family ever talked about it. In fact, no one really cared. You just love people because you love them, right?
Next month, I'm going to Barbados and I'm staying at Elite Island Resort's newest property - The Club, Barbados. I'm going to relax on the beach, take in some sights, and just belong. I'm also going to try to pick up some documents from one of the government offices (I forget which one) on behalf of my mom. Ancestral documents that she requested 2 years ago (and paid for) and never received. You might have to be a Caribbean to understand that. But, hey, maybe not. LOL
Between now and the time I leave California headed to Bim, I'm going to share a little more of my Bajan family with you. Something about going to Barbados always makes me nostalgic. I was married there. But mostly it brings up memories of my grandmother Ivy (pictured above center) who I miss a lot...
Personal Fun Facts: My mother lovingly teases and calls me a huckster because my grandfather's mother's Certificate of Burial identified her as a huckster. Guess I get it honestly. Also, Keenen Ivory Wayans used to tease me because I always had a lot of jobs...which is often a common characteristic of hard-working West Indians.