This is the story of my life so far: 68 years and counting.
Prequel: A Brief History of my Family in France
[Everything I am writing in this series is the truth. I did not invent any of this]
Geneviève's parents had a 20 year difference in age. They did not have a precise date of birth: her father was born "around 1910", while her mother was born "in 1930".
Her mother was the third wife of her father, and they had 10 children. So, Geneviève had many siblings, including several half brothers and sisters from her father's first two wives.
Her elder sister was named Scholastique, but everybody was calling her "Do". She was married to Pius, an interesting guy, that I met only briefly, who was the head of an agricultural college.
Her elder brother, Xavier, had also emigrated to France and married a French girl. He was the treasurer of a bank in Niort.
When we were in Halifax, Geneviève had asked me if we could welcome her second brother, Louis, so he could get an education. So, Louis came to live with us and went to university in Halifax.
One of Geneviève's sister was named Marie-Delphine, but everybody called her Madel. She became pregnant when she was 16 and still in high school, in the equivalent of grade 11. This messed up her life. Her son was raised by the elder sister, Do, and her husband, Pius. They already had five other children.
Eventually, she became the mistress of the financial director of the harbor of Douala, whose last name was Banini. She had another child with Mr Banini, a daughter.
In 1985, Madel realized that she was going nowhere with her life, so she made a drastic move. Her daughter was given to a cousin of Mr Banini, and she emigrated to France.
She first went to live with her brother Xavier near Niort. She started again grade 11 in a boarding school and was with the family of her brother during the week-end.
On the Cameroonian birth certificate of Madel, the year of her birth, 1963, was only written in numbers. She had changed the 3 into an 8, so she appeared to be only 17 years old. She never said anything at the boarding school, so the other students never guessed that she was 22 years old and already had two children.
However, she did not get along with Xavier's brother. So, she asked Geneviève if she could live with us. Once again, being a nice guy, I agreed with this.
Madel had not completely abandoned her two children. Her idea was to make them come to live with her in France.
So, in addition to the 2 or 3 bedrooms for Geneviève, myself and our two daughter Roseline and Betty, we needed more bedrooms for Madel and her two children.
And that is the reason we rented a big house with 5 bedrooms in Fresnes in 1986.
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