I’m a big kid now!

June 4, 2007 at 3:56 pm 18 comments

I have lived abroad for 8 years, many miles away from my parents. I have lived in student halls of residence, shared student flats, gorgeous apartments with a friend. I have travelled the world, sometimes on my own, sometimes in charge of other people. By the time my mum was my age, she was married with 2 children. When I came back to Jamaica, I moved back in with my parents but I didn’t realise that this cancelled out all of my independent living that I’d done.

I moved into my own place this weekend, last night was my first night there. It’s wonderful, great, exciting, and yes, a bit scary. If anything goes wrong, I have to fix it – no more calling a landlord.

So this morning, my mum called me from the car on the way to work to check I was OK. She had waited until she was out of the house as she didn’t want my dad to accuse her of babying me.

Then a little later, my dad called to check I was OK. He had waited until my mum had gone to work as he didn’t want her to accuse him of spoiling me.

I laughed to myself. And thought that yes, it is good being independent. But at the same time, it’s always nice to have people behind you just in case.


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18 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Dennis Rapley  |  June 4, 2007 at 4:25 pm

    I’m so pleased you finally have secured your own place. I have been following your blog for some months now and and have shared your good and bad moments in getting this far. I luv your blog as it gives me a little insight into the real jamaica of today, not the one that my parents fed me all these years from their rose tinted memories of home of yesteryear.

  • 2. Jamaipanese  |  June 4, 2007 at 4:43 pm

    congrats on getting your own place. I hope to do the same withing the next 3 years.

  • 3. Dr. D.  |  June 4, 2007 at 6:27 pm

    Congrats to you. Raises glass! 🙂

  • 4. Adrian  |  June 4, 2007 at 8:27 pm

    lol I hate it when my parents call me at different times about the same thing.

    congrats on the new found independence again.. remember to celebrate it!

  • 5. Yamfoot  |  June 4, 2007 at 8:28 pm

    I lived in the Bahamas for the last two years of university, so that was my first time away from di parents.

    after I worked for a bit, I decided to move out. I remember it clearly. It was January 1997. I moved to be closer to work. It was then that my anxiety attacks returned!

    Plus, one night me and a croaking lizard had it out, and it involved me boiling a pot of water and throwing it on it. I realized then that I had to grow up!

  • 6. Prim  |  June 4, 2007 at 8:50 pm

    Great news KG!! Congrats…doesn’t it feel amazing?! Parents are parents….my mother must call me 3-4 times a day…and the funny thing is I would find it strange if she stopped calling! LOL.

  • 7. Alexandra  |  June 5, 2007 at 2:54 am

    i’ve been peeking at your blog now and then…

    just want to say congratulations! enjoy your new home!

  • 8. Cranky Putz  |  June 5, 2007 at 10:08 am

    Congrats, and isn’t it funny how you feel even closer to the folks once you leave them?

  • 9. revolution island  |  June 5, 2007 at 1:17 pm

    Congrats to you…

  • 10. Gela Words  |  June 5, 2007 at 3:36 pm

    Congrats KG, that must be an awesome feeling moving into your own home. Ultra cool indeed.

  • 11. Simplenigma  |  June 5, 2007 at 3:50 pm

    LOL…That thing your parents did was cute. Congrats again.

    (Still checking for the 5 things…don’t think yuh get ‘way)

  • 12. Minoramp  |  June 5, 2007 at 4:57 pm

    Hey good luck …. on your new journey…. 😉

  • 13. wisugar  |  June 5, 2007 at 7:25 pm

    Lived alone for many years, and own a place in MOBAY, and now I live in my old room just like I didwhen the family moved here 20 odd years – wierd I tell you!

  • 14. googly1961  |  June 5, 2007 at 7:46 pm

    Congrats on reaching a major fork in the road…. As they say, travel the path, least taken!! Good luck

  • 15. Yamfoot  |  June 5, 2007 at 9:21 pm

    hey googly….you “go” here too?
    {think Reese Witherspoon’s character in Legally Blonde to her former boyfriend Warner)

  • 16. Kara  |  June 9, 2007 at 3:30 am

    Blessup Kingston Girl…i did the same 6 weeks earlier…but my mortgage only came through last week…..it is a wonderful feeling…for me the water from the shower is the best i have ever felt….lol

  • 17. JamRock  |  June 13, 2007 at 3:52 pm

    Félications all the way from Paris!! Congrats girl!!! It only gets better from now are!! I found your link on Petite Anglaise’s site!, what a small world – esp. with blogging!! lol

  • 18. Irie Diva  |  September 19, 2007 at 8:51 pm

    am officially jealous. such a step seems so far off for me 😦

    congrats tho…i imagine i’ll be reading all the new home stories. cant wait


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