This is the story of my life so far: 68 years and counting.
Prequel: A Brief History of my Family in France
The first house we rent on Berry Road in Richmond was owned by a woman from Trinidad named Shameine Ali. As I remember, she was working for the Workers' Compensation Board of British Columbia.
She was divorced and had two sons, Zeyn and Zaven.
Zaven, the youngest son, was probably born in 1981 or 1982. He was a brilliant student and started to take course at the University of British Columbia when he was 15 or 16. He got a B.Sc. in computer science in 2002. He is now a technical director at Electronic Arts in Burnaby.
Zeyn was slightly younger than Syrille. The two boys became good friends. When he was eight years old, Zeyn had decided that he wanted to be an actor, dancer and singer, and to perform in musicals. He went to a specialized school in New York and started his career as a performer. Unfortunately, he sometimes suffered from psychosis, and was hospitalized once in 2004 for this. At the age of 25, he died of a fall from the 16th floor of his Vancouver apartment building, probably during a psychotic episode.
The house we rented on Berry Road had two levels. On the upper level, as I remember, there was the kitchen ,the living room and the master bedroom (my bedroom). On the ground level, there were 4 bedrooms, one for each of the children.
The house had not been upgraded for several years, and things were starting to fall apart. I asked Shameine to do something, but she did not. So, I decided to find another house to rent in Richmond that was more comfortable.
I found one at 9100 McCutcheon Place. The landlord was chinese and he had no problem renting his house to a French white guy with four black children. He was only concerned about money and cleanliness.
He was satisfied that I would be able to pay the rent when I disclosed my salary. For the cleanliness, he asked to visit our current house. So, we made sure our house on Berry Road was in good shape, and he was satisfied.
So, in June 1995, we moved to our new house:
9100 McCutcheon Place, Richmond, British Columbia
source: Google Street View
I don't remember the plan of the house, but I know that there were five bedrooms and that it was big enough for us five.
We stayed in this house for several years until I bought a house, still in Richmond.
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