When I started blogging several years ago, “Virginia Krebs” was a familiar name on RSVP’s to Caribbean Parenting in our area. I am pleased to introduce this author and mom to you and have her tell you what is special about having a Caribbean mom.
SocaMom: Tell us a little about yourself!
Virginia Krebs: I'm from the beautiful Island of Jamaica. I lived in Toronto, Canada, Frankfurt, Germany, and presently Washington DC. I speak English and German. I worked many years in hospitality, but decided to become a children's author after my son was born. Watching my son and seeing the things he enjoys doing with his dad have played a large part in influencing me to become the author of the book "Treasurable Moments with Daddy." Besides writing I enjoy traveling - trying new recipes - reading and getting to know people from different cultures.
SocaMom: What makes you different from your American friends?
Virginia Krebs: Caribbean moms enrich their children's lives with strong opinions about life and always offering wisdom whether or not you want to hear them. I know that these teachings play a great role in my life and help me to make good decisions. The one that stands out to me is "So ef yuh fren jump off a bridge yuh aguh jump aff too?” Meaning, if your friend jump off the bridge are you going to follow?
SocaMom: Tell us about a time that you realized that your mom was different from other moms.
Virginia Krebs: When I wanted to sleepover at my friend's house and my mother said, "No way, no how."
SocaMom: Is there something about being from the Caribbean that has shaped who you are personally and or professionally? What is it?
Virginia Krebs: For many years I have watched my family struggle. However, I have never seen them give up on life. They always held their heads high and were very proud. Watching them, I have learned that your circumstances may be out of your control, but it's your thought that shapes who you are.
SocaMom: How do others benefit from you being of Caribbean descent?
Virginia Krebs: I think my co-workers benefits from my work ethic and willingness to continuously educate myself. I hope that my Caribbean upbringing and my examples will help shape my son, niece, and nephews.
SocaMom: Growing up, how did your mom keep you connected to Caribbean Culture? How do you keep yourself connected now?
Virginia Krebs: Spending time with family, telling embarrassing stories, and eating Caribbean food.
SocaMom: What is your favorite Caribbean Mom Quote?
Virgina Krebs: "Anting stay too long serve two masta…" Meaning, take advantage of what you have before someone else takes it away from you.
SocaMom: What are your favorite 3 Caribbean dishes? Do you make them, wait for friends or family to make them, or go to a restaurant?
Virginia Krebs: Oxtail, festival, stew peas... I do make them - but to be honest my mom and aunts make them much better...
SocaMom: If you could move to any Caribbean country, which one would you move to and why?
Virgina Krebs: I have to say Jamaica; it the land of my birth.
Virginia Krebs is the author of
Did you enjoy getting to know Virginia? 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!
"I AM a Caribbean Mom!"
"I HAVE a Caribbean Mom!"
We look forward to hearing your story :)