The Story of My Life so Far - Part 112 - Summer 1996: Vacations in France and death of my sister BrigittesteemCreated with Sketch.

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This is the story of my life so far: 69 years and counting.
Prequel: A Brief History of my Family in France


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When we arrived in Canada in the summer of 1994, I had told my four children that we would not return to France on vacation for the next two years.

So, two years later, in the summer of 1996, we all went back to France. The children stayed in France for almost two months, while I went back o Vancouver after four weeks.

I don't remember everything that we did, but I know that during my four weeks in France, we mostly stayed at the Abbey with my parents and probably with some of my brothers and sisters and their children.

My second sister, Brigitte, who was four years younger than me, had married 20 years before a very nice guy, Pierre, who was farming on his family property some 20 km from the Abbey. Together they had four children, including two very young girls.

Around 1992, Brigitte had been diagnosed with breast cancer and she was treated for that. It was believed that she had been cured, but unfortunately the cancer came back stronger than before and in July 1996 she was at the end of her life.

With my parents, we went to visit her for the last time. She died a few days later on July 31st. My father was very affected by her death and it is probably one of the reasons that his mental health deteriorated in the next year.

With my children and the rest of our family, we went to the funeral in Pierre's village, Braye-sur-Maulne.

Shortly after the funeral, Geneviève took charge of the children for three weeks, while I went back to British Columbia.

Continue to Part 113


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At the age of 69 also your memory is too sharp, you are the best motivation for the steemer including me :). But the way you still look as my grandpa sweet and handsome :)😊

A very touching story.You have got serious writting talent.

Oh my God. You really tried. Part 112. That is long. You must have really did a great job