Daily Archives: November 26, 2013

Bright lights, big city didn’t work out for expat Bajan… or did it? Merry Christmas, Rosalie.


Should Rosalie have stayed in Barbados?

The call beckons, especially to the best most industrious Bajans: Go over and away. You can make more money, have a better life for yourself and your children.

Some of those adventures work out, and some don’t. For Marcus and Shona in Brooklyn, New York, it worked out but after a few years they came home anyways.

For Rosalie, it was another story…

Does Rosalie have any regrets after leaving Bim more than 40 years ago? At 87 years old she has nothing, and lives in Montreal, Canada on welfare, food banks, subsidized housing and the charity of others.

But at 87, she’s accepted it all and at least feels accomplished in her steadfast goal of granting her daughters a better life abroad.

“I read my Bible and I try not to worry. Why worry about what you don’t have when you can be thankful for what you have?” she said. “I don’t believe (it’s good) to mope, you have to be careful not to depress yourself. It doesn’t make sense to pull yourself even further down worrying that you can’t have this or that. It doesn’t make sense.

“And it’s amazing how the Lord will send someone to give you a biscuit or a little sugar when you need it. So you worry for nothing.”

Rosalie is among the thousands who are to receive a $125 cheque from The Gazette Christmas Fund this year. The money helps families and individuals in need get through the holiday season.

… read the entire article at the Montreal Canada Gazette: Rosalie gave up everything to give her daughters a better life


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