The telephone on my desk rang. I answered and was informed that I had a visitor.
“My father put me out and now he say he will tek back me son, but he don’t want me back at the house.
“I wanted to die,…. I remember one time going to the harbour bridge at about three one morning with every intention of jumping over and this policeman pulled me over and he sat in the car and just talked to me.
“Being a single parent has it positives and its negatives. For me I have learnt to look past the fact that I am a single parent because honestly sometimes I don’t even remember that these children have a father.” The words of a 38-year-old mother of three (ages 13, 10 and 8) who gets little or no support from the father of the children.
“You know I don’t really get to enjoy me fairy lights and Christmas decorations because now is time to tek down and is like only the other day I put them up,” Marian said with some amount of genuine disappointment.
“About a year or two ago I actually started being vocal and stuff.
Last Tuesday at midday a few women assembled in front of the Bishops’ High School calling for the removal of the school’s head Winifred Ellis.
“I does sit down in the yard all day. I don’t mix or nothing but I does just sit down in the yard because I don’t have nothing to do.” The words of a 21-year-old mother of one who lives in a depressed community in Georgetown.
“I have been married for 14 years and before, we had some good times.
“I grow up on the market, since I was a child. Me mother had 14 children and it was really hard because since we growing we sleeping on the market.
“It is very hard for the younger policewomen in the force now because to me it is getting worse.
“This is me business, I been selling like this for years, you know how long.