CAHSS Faculty Articles


Blooming Against the Odds: Remembering a Jamaican Father


Department of Literature and Modern Languages

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Jamaica Magazine


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My father was a no-nonsense, hardworking man who made his living as a building contractor. He spent his days plowing through the streets of Kingston, shuttling workmen and building supplies from one job site to another, and spent his weekends scouting empty lots for sale. He built a variety of structures in and around the corporate area, and even today as I drive through Kingston & St. Andrew I can point to homes, shopping centers and apartment buildings and say to my kids, “Grandpa built that!” From New Kingston to Meadowbrook, from Belgrade heights to Temple Hall, concrete testaments to his life’s work abound.

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