Family

Back with Momo Again

We had just moved back to Opelousas, Louisiana from Highland Park, Illinois when this photo was taken of my brother, Glenn and me with our maternal grandfather Louise.  The dooly on the coffee table is something I remember mom having for many years. The western motif...

I La Lu

When putting my daughter Alison to bed at night, I would tell her I love her. One night when she was thirteen years old, she said "mama, mama, mama I la lu". After a few seconds I realized she said "mama, I love you". A few nights after she said "I la lu", she said...

My Paternal Grandfather

We visited my paternal grandfather, Atelismar (AC) (left in photo) at Central Hospital, something we often did when home. Central Hospital was a mental hospital in Pineville, Louisiana.  Papa AC had gone to work at the Gulf Refinery in Port Arthur, Texas in the 1920s....

My Maternal Grandparents

Papa was a sharecropper and lived on a local farm owned by the Boagni family. He farmed for them and for his own family. He also raised cattle and pigs and often shared the fruits of his work with his extended family. When we go older, Papa would let us drive on the...

Mom’s Hug in a Dream

It is not often I take a nap, however today I was not feeling well and was tired, so a nap was in order for me. In my dream, I found out my mother was still alive but for some reason hiding. In my dream, there was a female guard to protect mom from others… for keeping...

Alison’s Story

It is hard to believe that almost ten years have past since the birth of my daughter, Alison. It is also hard for me to believe what I have done since her birth! From that day on, my life has changed! Within hours of her birth, we learned that Alison was experiencing...
I La Lu

I La Lu

When putting my daughter Alison to bed at night, I would tell her I love her. One night when she was thirteen years old, she said "mama, mama, mama...

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My Paternal Grandfather

My Paternal Grandfather

We visited my paternal grandfather, Atelismar (AC) (left in photo) at Central Hospital, something we often did when home. Central Hospital was a...

read more
My Maternal Grandparents

My Maternal Grandparents

Papa was a sharecropper and lived on a local farm owned by the Boagni family. He farmed for them and for his own family. He also raised cattle and...

read more

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