Family [fam-uh-lee, fam-lee] a collection of souls intimately connected by blood, as parents, children, uncles, aunts, and cousins. Regrettably, requiems and nuptials inescapably bring our family together. The Flores, Jennings, and Morris families made the journey to 🇹🇹 for the funeral services for Matriarch Ma Morris on May 17, 2019.
Matriarch Ma Morris
Delmira Francisca A. Cabbrera Morris was born on June 16, 1926. Delmira affectionately known as Ma Morris was the daughter of Louis Castro Marot and Manuelita Cabbrera. Louis and Manuelita were Venezuelan labourers that migrated to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago at the beginning of the twentieth century in the quest for a better life. Ma Morris was the beloved mother of eight children, thirteen grandchildren, eighteen great-grand, and two great-great-grandchildren.
I wasn’t as intimate as I should have been to my granny Del as my other kin. However, her life story, as communicated during the eulogy, made it copiously apparent that she made the arc of successfulness for our extended family probable with her original migration to North America.
Matriarch Ma Morris Migration
Ma Morris immigrated to North America with the single objective of affording a better life for herself and her eight children that lived in Trinidad. She ultimately obtained employment as a domestic for a doctor in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Ma Morris fulfilled her duties for the Virginia doctor and his family with professionalism and was repaid with a sponsorship of a Green Card to become a naturalised resident of the United States of America. This exceptional achievement enabled the larger extended generations of aunts, uncles, cousins to petition for and ultimately obtain citizenship in the United States. Personally, I have no doubt that my personal life trajectory would have been different if not for her personal sacrifice in coming to America.
In Trinidad, the word ‘family‘ or ‘famalay‘ is used not only as a noun but also most in the sense of an adjective meaning ‘related to’.