Meet Brooklyn raised Trini mom, Joanae King! She is a wife, mom, and
Socamom: Hi Joanae! I love your blog. Tell us about yourself!
Joanae: My parents are from the sweet island of Trinidad! I was raised in Brooklyn, New York, which might as well be the Caribbean. My upbringing screams "West Indies", and I've adapted a few habits within my own parenting. I'm 33 years old - married to a man with Jamaican upbringing.
Socamom: What is it about being a Caribbean mom that makes you different from parents from America?
Joanae: I really think that West Indian patents instill plenty of independence. I was washing and cooking small meals while in the 6th grade. There seems to be a more lenient parenting style in America.
Socamom: When did your children realize that their mom was different from other moms?
Joanae: [Laughs] The time when one of their friends came to the door and greeted me with "ZANIYA HOME?!" No, "Hello Mrs. Dog, Cat, or animal." Nothing! I informed the child that if you cannot greet the bill paying adults in this house, “don’t ring meh bell!” I proceeded to close the door and went about my business. That's when my daughter knew that her Mom was a wee bit different.
Socamom: Is there something about being from the Caribbean that has shaped who you are personally and or professionally? What is it?
Joanae: Absolutely! Personally, I am a lover of all things soca! I even have a nickname (which I shall not share). [laughs] Something about the rhythm that hits me in a way that no other melody can. I know that's from being born on Labor Day weekend in Brooklyn, entering the world while a while borough is in full costume - embracing the culture. As far as professionally, my mannerism differs from my colleagues. What I deem as a normal level of respect, they deem obsessive.
Socamom: How do others (co-workers, friends, family) benefit from you being of Caribbean descent?
Joanae: They call me the life ah di pahteeee! (Life of the party)... I'm fun, cultured and a great resource on Caribbean culture!
Socamom: How do you keep your children connected to Caribbean culture?
Joanae: The music. Even though we live in Georgia, I try to expose them to the music add much as I can - the food too! I cook Caribbean dishes such as curry and stew chicken, peas and rice, plantain, green banana, and saltfish. My kids are so American... They've got to get culture somehow! [laughs] We are also going to be visiting both Trinidad and Jamaica very soon.
Socamom: What is your favorite Caribbean Mom Quote?
Joanae: GO PAUL LUCK EH SEE PAUL LUCK! (What's good for them, may not be good for you!)
Socamom: What are your favorite 3 Caribbean dishes? Do your kids like them?
Joanae: Oxtail with rice and peas (Family favorite) Curry Chicken and white Rice (Not their favorite but it gets eaten) saltfish, green banana and bake - only 1 of 4 children approve.
Socamom: If you could move to any Caribbean country, which one would you move to and why?
Joanae: I would move to Tobago. It's close enough to family, but not that close. [laughs] Beautiful beaches, and a relaxed setting.
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Did you enjoy getting to know Joanae? Well now, we want to get to know you! We are featuring Caribbean moms and people who were raised by Caribbean moms on the blog all month for Caribbean American Heritage Month. Please fill out the form that applies to you, and send 3 photos per the instructions on the form if you would like to be featured. You don't have to be born, living, or raising kids in America. Modify your answers to apply to YOU. Can't wait to meet you!
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