Jamacian Seed Necklace

In Attire
Relationship: Child of im/migrant
A necklace made from seeds in Jamaica.
A necklace made from seeds in Jamaica.

     As children, neither of my parents had the video game consoles, high speed internet, or widely abundant smartphones I did, so they had to create entertainment for themselves. One of many objects they’d find lying around were seeds that would fall from the trees. They would use them in combination with milk cartons to make shakers for music, use them to chuck at one another, but most notable for necklaces. Not only were the necklaces cheap since they were made of materials found on the ground, but they were stylish as well and fun to show off to friends.   A couple of years ago, my sister and father flew to Jamaica and found themselves playing with the same type of seeds they use to make the necklaces. Nostalgia hit my dad quickly, but so did the brilliant idea of getting necklaces for the family did too. I expected the regular to be gifted once they arrived back home: Jamaican cheese, bun, shirts, and trinkets; but this time, I got a necklace. Learning the backstory of them and how my parents used them so long ago fascinated me. I’ve been wearing the necklace ever since and every time I take it out, it brings me to think of the entertainment it brought my parents.

Place(s): Jamaica

– Joshua Ramgeet

Relationship:  Child of im/migrant Child of im/migrant