I have been told that is how Caribbean adults did it back then. Like Argonauts searching for their own golden fleece, they would leave their children behind and travel to the U.S. to find their fortune.
I am a product of stepwise migration. I was born in Trinidad and Tobago. My parents left Trinidad for the U.S. when I was age 5. My sister and I lived with our maternal grandmother and aunts. I reunited with my parents 7 years later at age 12. They returned to Trinidad to live and operate a grocery store. We moved to the Bronx, NY one year later. This is my story and the story of countless other barrel children.