My friends and I in primary school.
My friends and I in primary school.

Uniforms represent the education in my family, both the lacking and possession of knowledge. Growing up all my parents cared about was school and getting an education, “it's better to be smart than dunce” they would always say, though I never really understood why going to school and being intelligent was so important to them. My parents specifically my mom never got the education she desperately desired and deserved, due to living and money situations. I never really realized how good I had it, though my mom never let me forget that I have so many if not all the things she always wanted as a child, it made me more appreciative, even so more stressed. It made me realize why my parents act the way they do towards my education and why I had the childhood I did. I still try my hardest when it comes to going to school and becoming the clever daughter they raised, to follow my dreams, accomplish all my desires and to make them proud. Uniforms have been worn from generations to generations in my family from my grandfather to my nieces and nephews, we’ve all worn them, even passed them down, either damaged by the poorness or by the roughness of being worn everyday.

Place(s): Jamaica
Year: 2015

– A.T.

Relationship:  Im/migrant who arrived as a child Im/migrant who arrived as a child