This story is about a child who is left in the Caribbean when her mother migrates to Britain. The child joins her mother and new family in Britain years later.
It is a common and painful experience amongst many people. But I believe, some things are still left unsaid between parents and children who have been in this situation.
I hope Weeding Cane begins to tell the flip side of the 1950's Caribbean emigration story.
"Yu see dese shoes, my mudder sen' them from Inglan', an' when she come, mummy seh I can wear dem tu meet her from town."
Joy swivelled her foot to show her black, 'shine till you see your face', patent leather shoes off to their best adventage. Jocinth peered closer to examine the punched hole butterfly pattern over the toe and marvel at the scalloped edge finishing on the shoe.