But above all, family...
There are many things I enjoy in life. Reading, singing, and spending time with my friends. But what I appreciate most is the love and support of my family. Growing up, I was in many extra-curricular activities. I performed in musicals, plays, and many band competitions, and my family was always there cheering from the crowd. From childhood to adulthood, I have incredible memories of my parents witnessing my highest achievements. I talk about them all the time and everyone I speak to admires our strong bond.
Family values are an important part of Haitian culture. Everyone works together to ensure the livelihood of their elders and children. I am excited to share more about their culture and traditions in this post!
Urban families might have three or four children, while rural families have ten or more. The basic unit of society is the extended family. Grandparents may act as parents in place of an absent or working mother or father. Relatives may also fill the role of godparent, which entails responsibility for a child if a parent dies. Children from cities may be sent to live with relatives in the countryside during summer vacations, and children from the countryside may be sent to live with relatives in cities to attend school. Adult children are expected to remain with their parents until marriage, and occasionally, married children live with one spouse’s parents until they can afford a home of their own. Married couples usually live close to their families.
"Krik-Krak" - Every Haitian knows that the exclamation "krik?" always proceeds with an excellent "krak," or story! The youngest gather around the oldest to entertain them with fables or stories of their lives. (If you ever find yourself in Haiti and wish to throw out a "krik?", make sure your story is a good one!)
About the Author:
Dominique Cannon has recently graduated from Oklahoma State University, in Stillwater Oklahoma with a Bachelor's and Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management. She has remained on campus as an administrative-assistant for the last three years and is very excited to join Dare Humanity as an organizational development intern. She hopes to use her writing and administrative skills to support Dare Humanity's mission, and looks forward to growing her skills in marketing and grant research. In her free time, she enjoys reading, singing, and serving as a youth pastor at her church!