This is the story of my life so far: 68 years and counting.
Prequel: A Brief History of my Family in France
In 1989, as I was no longer in the Navy, it means that I was able to decide where to live, without needing to move to my next posting. So, we decided to buy a house, near where my parents lived: Boissy-Saint-Léger.
We contacted a house building company, Maison Marianne, and they found for us a piece of land in the neighboring city of Limeil-Brévannes, in a completely new neighborhood.
The address was 31 rue Alphonse Daudet.
It was easy for me to get a mortgage for around one million French francs (around 153,000 Euros), but the interest rate was rather high: 9%. In total, over the 25 years, I paid the equivalent of 3 million French francs.
The company "Maison Marianne" has disappeared long ago and I was not able to find any trace of it on the Internet.
The salespeople I talked to initially completely disappeared after I signed the purchase.
The construction lasted almost a year and I moved in with my 4 children in the summer of 1990, just in time to be registered in the local schools.
Here is a recent picture of the house:
Not long after we signed the contract to build this house, Geneviève left us suddenly, without any warning.
There was already trouble in the marriage, I realized later. And as is often the case, we were both guilty. I had probably neglected her for too long.
In 1988, Geneviève had moved to her own bedroom, saying that we needed to have "some space".
And one day in the beginning of 1990, I discovered that her bedroom was completely empty: she has taken all her things and furniture. I learned soon that she was living with another man.
And here I was now, a single father with four children, Roseline, 12 years old, Betty and Syrille, 10 and Gaëlle, 6.
Madel, the mother of Syrille and Gaëlle was still living with us, but she will also move away soon, and I will raise my four children alone for the next 15 years.
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