Q: Tell us about your home and neighborhood.
A: I live in a quiet neighborhood which is safe to go outside. My house has a very large, fenced yard with lots of space for a child to play and to set up playground equipment. My family all live close to me.
I live in Grand Cayman which is the largest island of the Cayman Islands. We are located in the Caribbean and very close to Florida. The nearest islands to us in the Caribbean are Cuba and Jamaica. It is a wonderful place to raise a family. It is surrounded by some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, where I spent many weekends growing up. Grand Cayman is small so it is easy to get to anywhere. Although it is small, you can find anything that can be found in a large city anywhere else in the world. We have excellent medical facilities, schools, supermarkets, parks, and restaurants that serve every cuisine. Flights leave every day to various cities in the United States such as Miami, Atlanta, Charlotte, and New York and cities around the world including London and Toronto.
With a population of around 65,000 people and over 130 nationalities living in the Cayman Islands, it is one of the most multicultural places in the world. People from around the world come to Cayman to work in our financial industry, law firms, hotels, restaurants, schools, hospitals, and various businesses. Hundreds of thousands of tourists also visit every year to enjoy our beaches, attractions, and our Caymanian hospitality. I work with and I know people from various countries including, Jamaica, the Philippines, USA, Canada, United Kingdom, and South Africa.
One of my favorite places is Camana Bay. It is an outdoor destination on the water which has shops, restaurants, business offices, medical offices, a cinema, and recreational areas. It is a popular place for families to spend time. It has water fountains where children love to play and hosts a variety of popular family events such as story-time, annual Christmas Tree Lighting, and fireworks on holidays. I live 10 minutes away and I love to go there to meet friends for coffee or dinner, go shopping, go to the movies, spend time in one of my favorite places a bookstore, or attend special events.
Q: When you have a 3-day weekend, what do you like to do?
A: When I have a 3-day weekend, I like to catch up on my reading. I always have a book to read and a stack of books waiting to be read. I also like to spend time with my family and friends. Usually we will go for coffee, watch a movie or go to Sunday brunch. Sometimes I will work on small projects around my home too.
Q: What do you hope to teach your child?
A: I hope to teach my child the morals and values I was taught as a child. The most important being to treat others the way you would like to be treated. Everyone should be treated fairly and with respect. It is also important to realize that people have different opinions and beliefs which should be respected and honored. I also want to teach them to believe in him or herself and to have high self-esteem. Values I also hope to teach are hard work and perseverance. Anything worth having has to be earned and it is important to not give up when they experience disappointment or failure. Finally, education is very important and whatever he or she wants to be I will give my support. As an educator, I am keenly aware of the value of education, not only to obtain a good job, but in order to live a healthy, fulfilling life. I am a life-long learner and I keep my knowledge in my field up to date by reading and attending courses or conferences.
Q: What will you tell your child about his or her birth mom?
A: I will tell my child that his or her birth mom loved him or her very much. She is a brave and strong woman and she made the biggest sacrifice anyone could make to ensure that her child could have the best life possible.
Q: Are you active in your church? Tell us about your activities.
A: I attend a non-denominational church. Many nationalities attend my church. I am a member of a community group which meets weekly in a member’s home. I also attend monthly women’s meetings.
Q: How will a child enrich your life?
A: I have wanted to be a mother for a very long time. While I work with children and spend time with my nieces and nephews, I hope to make a bigger difference in one child’s love by giving my unconditional love, devotion, and a stable home. I am looking forward to reading to my child at bedtime, playing with him or her, travelling and going to the park or to the beach as well as the day to day things like feeding, dressing, and bathing him or her. I am excited for us to spend time with my family and friends. Every day I will be teaching him or her something whether it is a new word or something intangible like kindness.
Q: Describe your last vacation and or daytrip.
A: In July 2019 I went on a road trip with my friends to California from Los Angeles to San Francisco. Although I had visited San Francisco before I had never been to Southern California and this road trip was on my bucket list. We visited so many sights and attractions across this amazing state. California is my favorite state because it has everything: beaches, deserts, mountains, wineries for example. While it was the summer, the weather was perfect. Some of the places we visited were the Hollywood sign, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Santa Monica Pier, Santa Barbara, Big Sur, Cannery Row, Carmel, Mariposa, Yosemite National Park, Sonoma, China Town in San Francisco, and Golden Gate Bridge. Big Sur was my favorite place. I loved the dramatic cliffs and scenery.
Q: Will you be returning to work? If so, describe your daycare plans.
A: As a single mother, I will have to return to work after some time off on adoption leave. Fortunately, as a school speech-language pathologist, I get to be home during the school holidays. Our school holidays are 1 week in October, 2 weeks for Christmas, 1 week in Feb./March, 1 week for Easter, and 7 weeks for summer vacation. There are also 11 public holidays when I don’t work. So I have plenty of time where I am not working. I am paid for the whole year. Initially, I will have a nanny take care of my child at home while I work. It is very common in the Cayman Islands for working families to employ nannies to care for their child in their home. I will be able to find someone I trust through recommendations from family or friends. Then when he or she is around three, I will enroll him or her in preschool.
Q: When you close your eyes and see yourself holding your precious child in your arms, what are your thoughts regarding his or her birth mother?
A: When I picture myself holding my precious baby in my arms, I will be so grateful to his or her birth mother that he or she trusted me to raise her precious child. She made such an incredible sacrifice. She is a wonderful and strong woman. I hope that she finds comfort in knowing her child is loved and well cared for.