Home for Christmas! - Jamaican moms return for the holidays
Screams of excitement and tears of joy permeated the atmosphere at the Norman Manley International Airport yesterday as several Jamaican mothers, who are living and working abroad, arrived home to spend the Christmas holiday with their children.
Some admitted that Christmas last year was a 'living hell' without their children, the Jamaican sunshine and the general 'Christmas Jamaican style'.
"Oh my God! Look at my baby," Suzette Brown said, holding her youngest of three daughters who were all at the airport to meet her.
Brown said that her youngest, nine years old, was only four years and nine months old when she gave up her job as a preschool teacher to seek a better life in New York.
"Things were lean then. I had to go. Not just for me, but more for them," Brown told THE STAR.
And so she gave up her job, left her children with her mother and migrated to become a nurse's aid to be in a better position to financially support her children.
Her 14-year-old daughter, bubbling with excitement, couldn't wait to embrace her mother, tugging on her little sister's arm asking for her turn.
She said: "Mek mi wait cause mi want five years worth a hug."
The oldest of the three girls, 18, was more modest, but was smiling winsomely as her sisters swarmed her mother.
Brown said that last Christmas was a hell without her daughters.
"Lord, I don't even want to talk about it. It was a living hell," Brown said as she joyously pulled her luggage to the waiting car to take her to her home.
Another mother, Juliet Wellington, lifted her 12-year-old daughter off the ground as she made her way out of the arrival area.
She remembered Christmas 2011 when she stayed in Trinidad and Tobago where she works and had to be away from her children.
"I promised myself that I am not going to do it again," Wellington said. "I cried the whole time."