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    26 Signs You Were Raised By Caribbean Parents

    You were probably younger than the Dutch pot.

    1. The Dutch pot was probably the oldest item in the house, even older than you.

    2. And stealing meat from the pot without getting caught was a daily challenge.

    When you and your siblings are tiefin meat out d pot, and they drop d pot cover... #GrowingUpCaribbean

    3. Whether you had a cold or had a broken ankle, all illnesses and ailments were treated with this:

    Use to cry when I had to drink this 😖😭 #GrowingUpCaribbean #GrowingUpWestIndian

    4. And if tea didn’t work, you’d be rubbed down with a tub of Vicks and sent to bed.

    5. And if that didn't work, this probably would:

    #GrowingUpCaribbean this was basically gods potion.. Bmt

    6. Or this.

    #GrowingUpCaribbean if you know you know !!!

    7. The furniture in the front room was covered in plastic.

    #GrowingUpCaribbean when your grandma's furniture looks like this

    8. And there was always a bottle of Dettol in the bathroom.

    #GrowingUpCaribbean you go through mad bottles of this

    9. You knew at least one family member with beaded door curtains.

    Oh wait, maybe that was just #GrowingUpCaribbean haha #GrowingUpBlack

    10. Or one of these illustrations hanging on their wall.

    Every Caribbean has 1 of these in their house! 😭😂 #GrowingUpJamaican #GrowingUpCaribbean

    11. Inside the fridge you'd find a bottle of homemade hot pepper sauce.

    #GrowingUpCaribbean everyone had this in their fridge skunt !!!!!! Homemade pepper sauce to bun yuh rass

    12. And if a tin of Milo wasn't in your kitchen cupboard...

    #GrowingUpCaribbean i still drink this

    13. ...then you would definitely find a tin of condensed milk.


    14. Or a variety of tinned fish.

    #GrowingUpCaribbean canned fish was always in the house.

    15. A quick dinner always involved corned beef.

    When mom worked too hard & had to make a fast dinner! #GrowingUpBlack Slash #GrowingUpCaribbean #bullybeef

    16. And you'd always look forward to Sunday dinner, especially if guests were coming round.

    #GrowingUpCaribbean you already kno 😍

    17. This was the most important section in the supermarket.

    #GrowingUpCaribbean #GrowingUpDominican you shopped in these sections

    18. Because you could buy drinks like this.

    #GrowingUpCaribbean growing up drinking these 😩😍

    19. At every social gathering you were sure to find D&G sodas, Supermalt, Mighty Malt, Ting, Ginger Beer, and Sorrel.

    #GrowingUpCaribbean having one of these at every bbq/baby shower/family event

    20. And a bunch of these:

    21. You were also likely to meet a new family member, usually an auntie, uncle, or cousin.

    #GrowingUpCaribbean I still haven't met all of them😂

    22. And you'd always come home with a plate or container of food.

    #GrowingUpBajan after every cookout you bring a to go plate

    23. Not greeting someone when you walked into a room was the ultimate sin.

    #growingupjamaican you must say morning , evening or night when greeting people or yuh nave nuh mannas.

    24. And ambiguous commands like "get the ting from the ting" were all too familiar.

    #GrowingUpCaribbean Parents: "get the ting from the ting" *gets mad when theres too many tings to know which ting is really the ting*

    25. You wouldn't complain, because you knew better than to talk back to your elders.

    #GrowingUpCaribbean my mum would always say "yuh muss tink seh me and you is size" 😭😭

    26. But the best thing of all is knowing this:

    If you can survive #growingupcaribbean you can survive anything

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