I got an email from my mom about some of the details that i apparently don't remember correctly. This is for those of you who are keeping a detailed timeline--and also for posterity's sake.
When i was six months old, which would've been March 1976, we moved to Houston from Chicago. We stayed in Houston until i was two and then moved to Grants, New Mexico. Stayed there about a year and moved to Seattle, Washington. Then when i was 4 1/2 (which was 1980, not 1979, as i said in my original post), we moved back to Houston.
My friend from Jamaica who i told you about was Kerry. She lived with her younger cousin Cathy and their grandmother.