Shirley Graham-Paul

Born: Not given

Kingston, Jamaica

Date of interview: 6th June 2006

Map showing where Shirley Graham-Paul came from

You talked about going to school, coming back in the evening doing more studying. What did you do in your sort of leisure time?

The studying after school ... it was, it sometimes is there in the school so you have, say an hour what we call private lesson, one hour private lesson and that was it. So school would finish at three thirty then you have an hour to four thirty and you come home. So when you get home ... you know, the things also as ... what you wore to school had to come off and be hung up and then you have your plain clothes or your ordinary house clothes ... and then you'd meet with your friends. ... But then if there is homework ... mum would make sure you do that before you go playing [laughing] you see. So we had to do that as well.

And there were different [pause] types of ... clothing. Even now, I go to church and they say 'You are always so smart.' It's a custom; that clothes you wear to school it's totally different from the ones you come home and play in. And that's totally different from the ones you wear to church ... And that's how it was. You know, the same with Christmas. At Christmas you have, because it's sunny and it's bright, and in my time you had what we call Christmas market. So ... you would have a pretty Christmas dress and new shoes at Christmas market, which you would have worn to church anyway, and go down. And then ... on Boxing Day you'd have another dress but you have the same shoes. And then New Year's you get a nice new shoes and new dress again. So everybody looked forward to be dressing up. And that was really nice. I looked forward to that.