In My Youth interview

1. What was the one possession you had that you were miserable without?

I don’t know if I was miserable without it but I had a slingshot that I loved. I often went to “bird bush” with my male relatives to shoot birds although sometimes they would tell me to just pick up the birds and not shoot anything. When I got home I would use that same slingshot on those boys. I loved that slingshot.

2. What cartoon did you love to watch?

There were many. I loved to watch Transformers, He-man, G.I. Joe, Scooby Doo, Superman and all cartoons with superheroes, Heckle & Jeckle, Tweety Bird, Road Runner, Bugs Bunny and the Pink Panther.

3. What do you miss most about being a kid?

Innocence.

4. What was your least favorite age? Why?

I enjoyed my childhood immensely. Every age was fun but at twelve I had to change the school that I had gone to for most of my life so I was a bit anxious then.

5. What did you always want to be able to do, but were too young?

Drive a car.

6. What did you want to be when you grew up?

I have always wanted to be a writer and an artist and now I am both. But I also have contemplated being a lawyer and a journalist.

7. Did you have any pets? If so, what did you have?

I had a dog named “Nip.” He had the nice brown color of a deer. Nip did not like to bathe so it was always interesting when we brought out the hose. Somebody was going to get wet and it wasn’t necessarily Nip.

8. Do you have siblings? Did they influence who you are today?

I have a brother and two sisters. My sisters are younger than I am so I’d like to think I had more influence on them. However, each of my siblings, in some way, has taught me a life lesson.

9. What was your favorite class in school?

Hands down English Literature.

10. Who was your hero and why?

My grandfather. He was blind but he still did a lot of things like playing the guitar and shaving. One day I was at school and they were doing construction on the road. There was a huge vehicle that leveled gravel onto the road and I was afraid of this truck, so I refused to leave the school yard to go home at the end of the day. My grandfather came to get me. I felt protected.

11. What games did you enjoy playing in your spare time?  Would you still play them today?

I played cricket, marbles, baseball, jump rope and hopscotch. I was a bit of a tomboy. I would still play most of those games today because they were such fun and now they would provide some good exercise.

12. Did you have a curfew? What was it, and did you break it?

I grew up in the Caribbean with strict grandparents. There was no official curfew because every minute of everyday that you were not given permission to leave the house was a curfew. I would not dare break it because there would be severe consequences.

13. What was your parents punishment of choice?

A slap to the bum and not going on school trips.

14. What is your favorite memory?

Again there are so many to choose from, it’s hard to choose one. I grew up in a rural place and summer would find my friends and I at the river. We would cook right by the riverside using stones as the stove top. Some of us would fish, some would swim and some would just sit on the rocks and throw stones as far into the river as possible. Before we knew it, the day would be over but we could do it all again the next day. That is one of my favorite memories.

15. What do you wish you could have changed about your childhood (if anything)?

There is nothing much that I would change about my childhood especially looking back with nostalgia. Just thinking about that time, makes me ache with a sense of longing for that time. Perhaps if I could change one thing I would make my grandparents a little less strict but if they were, I would probably not be the person who I am today.