23 Things That Stick With You When You Grow Up With Caribbean Parents
You've been brought up to be personally offended by anyone pronouncing it "plan-TAIN".
You've learned not to make a big deal out of things because your parents never did.
And you've developed a pretty thick skin because there's no shouting like that of a Caribbean parent.
You're forever plagued by your relationship status.
And even if you do find that ~special someone~, you know you have to be very careful when introducing them to your family.
You've been brought up understanding that the language your parents speak is a unique one.
And to never trust a container in the fridge or freezer.
The amount of pressure you put on yourself to succeed is directly proportional to the high standards set for you as a child.
And you've definitely inherited your timekeeping skills from your parents too.
You know how to decipher cryptic instructions.
And you still call your mum "Mummy" every now and again.
There are songs that you can't listen to without being reminded of every family gathering you've ever been to.
And those same family gatherings are why you're always suspicious about the rum cake.
You place way more importance on dreams than most people do because of how you've been brought up.
And you automatically take your shoes off in other people's homes because you remember the rules in your own house.
Despite knowing the consequences, you STILL feel compelled to steal meat from the pot.
And even as an adult, you're scared to answer a question wrong because you remember the tough love you received as a child.
If you ever see a barrel in your house, your first instinct is to HIDE ALL YOUR STUFF.
You've internalised the rule that hot pepper sauce goes with everything.
And since birth you've been stuck with a nickname you never agreed to.
Your eye twitches when someone pronounces it "plan-TAIN" and not "plan-tin".
And you're still weary of some of your family members because of the amount you've been snitched on over the years.
Even when you've grown and moved out, you know you'll never really be an adult.
And without a doubt, this will forever be your most nightmarish scenario.
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