My Grandfather, Who I Knew but Didn’t Know

My paternal grandfather’s, AC (his actual name was Atelismar and has been spelled in many different ways), family often visited him during his institutionalization at Central Hospital in Pineville, Louisiana. Often photos were taken of the visits, such as this one of Papa with two of his nieces. Their father was Papa’s youngest brother, Adam, …

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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 doilie on the coffee table is something I remember mom having for many years. The western motif sofa, coffee table and end tables were newly purchased …

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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 …

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photo: AC & Karen

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. He cleaned chemical tanks and told his sister Virginia it …

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Emilian & Louise in Opelousas

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 shell road …

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Joyce & Karen

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 othersā€¦ for …

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Sparkle & Shine

Your eyes now sparkle and shineFull of life and laughterOn a new found journeyTo live life ever after. I see life within your eyesGone is the empty stareInstead it’s replaced byThe gleaming smile you now wear. Thinking back to your first stepDown my cheek runs a tearThe memory in my heartI will forever hold dear. …

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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 seizure activity. Although we …

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