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Audrey Henry Simpson - Strength of a woman

Published:Saturday | May 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMShanna Kaye Monteith/Gleaner Writer
Audrey Henry Simpson
Audrey Henry Simpson
Audrey Henry Simpson with her eldest child Sabriena.

It is the hope of many young women to inherit if even half the strength of their mother - especially when taking into consideration the life they had to live to ensure the well-being of their children.

According to Sabriena Simpson, her mother, Audrey Henry-Simpson, is the epitome of said strength and of what it means to be a hard worker.

"She has been operating her own bar and grocery shop since she was 17 years old seven days a week, for more than 12 hours a day. The establishment is opened by 6 o'clock every morning and closes as late as 1 in the morning sometimes. She has no days off and seldom takes vacations to guarantee that we, her three children, have all we need," she said as she clarified why she believed her mother went 'above and beyond' to ensure that her family and those around her were never in need.

Coupled with her strength and dedication, Simpson told Family & Religion that her mother's kindness and diligence are admirable traits.




According to her: "Mommy is one of the kindest persons I know. During the days when she's at the shop, she will 'run a boat'and provide food to anyone who is willing to stop and eat, free of cost. In addition, children who visit the shop to make purchases can always expect to leave with an extra treat.

"She is also a farmer, planting crops such as bananas, Irish potatoes, onions, yam, and carrots and rearing animals like cows and goats. If you are lucky enough to be around when any of the crops are in season, you are bound to leave with a crocus bag of goodies even if she is just meeting you for the first time."

Simpson, who is the oldest of three children, shared her appreciation for her mother, noting that she had paved the way to a better life for her and her siblings.

Audrey Henry-Simpson's children not only respect her industrious and benevolent nature, but also laud her for the value she places on manners and education.

"We were not allowed to miss school and she would often tell the teacher, 'Miss, only save di eye' as permission to our teachers to punish us if we misbehaved.

"I remember when I was about to start university, she was adamant that she wouldn't allow me to take a student loan, even though I told her that I would be the one to pay it back," she said.

And even now, as an adult who has been living on her own for some five years, Simpson revealed that she still gets a wake-up call from her mother in the mornings.

She also noted that she is still provided with her favourite meals whenever she visits home.

"Debbie would give her last for her children's happiness all while instilling important values and morals in us. Once she can provide it, her children will get it. That's a mother's love!" she exclaimed as she wished her dear beloved a Happy Mothers' Day.