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Where are our Jamaican fathers


Permalink 02:33:23 pm, by Melba
Categories: Commentary

Where are our Jamaican fathers

It's amazing how many Jamaican men take great pride in braging about the amount of 'youth' them have. What's disturbing is when you probe further a great deal of them have these children for several different 'baby mothers'and have no clue how these children survive from day to day.
This week on the program, Morning Time, which airs on TVJ one of the guest on the show was the Registrar General Department (RGD). It was then I learn't that for last year 2004, of all the children registered in Jamaica only 36% of the certificates issued carried the fathers name.The year before 2003, was 37% and so far this year 2005, it's 38%. What can I say these figures speak for themselves.
Then today I read The Sunday Gleaner and I see headlines such as 'For the baby's sake', 'Fatherless:Missing or misguided', 'Absentee dads blamed for sons' waywardness' and 'The value of a father's love'. There was also another article titled 'Our fathers are coming alive'. I pray for all our sakes that this is true as the nation is surely reaping the benefits of the absentee dads not only for our boys but also our girls.
Now I know that there are some excellent fathers out there and if you are reading this then I applaud you. Unfortunatly the numbers speak clearly.
So gentlemen I implore you to take an active part in your children's lives. Be an example to them and don't be afraid to show compassion and love.
Nuff love

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Reasons why I love my Jamaican Mom

1. My Mother taught me about ANTICIPATION.
"Just wait till we get home."

2. My Mother taught me about RECEIVING.
"You going get a ass'n when we get home!"

3. My Mother taught me to MEET A CHALLENGE.
"What di backside yu thinkin'? Answer me when me talk to you...Don't talk back to me!"

4. My Mother taught me CONSEQUENCES.
"If yu run cross de road an' cyar lick yu dung, a goin' kill yu wid lick."

5. My Mother taught me THE VALUE OF EDUCATION.
"If yu no go a school, yu a go tun tief or walk an' pick up bottle."

6. My Mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE.
"If yu tun over yu eye lid an fly pitch pan it, it a go stay so fi evva."

7. My Mother taught me to THINK AHEAD.
"Is not one time monkey goin' wan' wife"

8. My Mother taught me ESP.
"Yu tink a don't know what yu up to nuh?"

9. My Mother taught me HUMOR.
"If yu don' eat food, breeze goin' blow yu 'way."

10. My Mother taught me how to BECOME AN ADULT.
"Come an' tek yu beatin' like man."

11. My Mother taught me about SEX.
"Yu tink say yu drop from sky?"

12. My Mother taught me about GENETICS.
"Yu jus' like yu faada."

13. My Mother taught me about my ROOTS.
"Yu tink mi come from "Back A Wall?"

14. My Mother taught me about WISDOM OF AGE.
"When yu get to be as ol' as me, yu wi understan'."

15. And my all time favorite... JUSTICE.
"One day wen yu have pickney, a hope dem treat yu same way."


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