For my Family and Friends,
Remember, I had very, very low blood pressure and had to drink a little wine
every day after lunch. Papa would get me Virginia Dare wine and everyone in the
family made sure that I would drink my little glass of wine every day. Then if
it were possible, I would take a nap (Talk about special deals). Once while I
was taking my siesta, I could hear Papa and Florence in the kitchen talking
about me! She and Papa were discussing how I could go to college! Was I
listening?? Florence said that since she had schooling at the Normal
Teacher's college, she could start teaching school in September and she could
pay for the costs of the college. She told Papa that it was best if I would get
the 2 years' teachers course at Southwestern Louisiana Institute and then I
would be fully certified to get a teaching certificate in 2 years. I listened
and I shed a few tears, because here they are willing to do so much for me!! But
Papa insisted that I would go to Loyola Summer School this summer 1930 for 6
Great, I got ready and we came to New Orleans as soon as possible (tout suite,
tout suite). He took me to Loyola and we went up those steps not knowing what,
but Papa had had experience and knew how to get to the right office.
topic 1930 Loyola
The registrar took us to a table in the library which was just classroom. She
told me what classes to schedule. There would be 3 for 6 weeks. Then we went to
the little to pay $50.00 for the 6 weeks tuition and the lady went around the
desk and Papa made out a check. Then we had to get a place for me to live. Papa
had a few ideas, but then we went to Angel's (my cousin). She was delighted and
Papa said he could send her $3.00 a week. She was delighted. She was my cousin
and I had known her all my life and always liked her very much. Then I had to
buy a few books, and I remember one costing $1.00. I was lucky I was able to get
a ride to school with some teachers who lived close by and they were going to
classes, too. To go back to Angel's, I would walk all along Exposition Blvd. to
Laurel St., and then about 6 more blocks, If I thought I could spend 7 cents, I
would take the street car. Sometimes I would ride the St. Charles Street car all
the way to beautiful Canal Street and window shop and enjoy seeing the dazzling,
then get to corner of Camp and Canal and ride the Magazine streetcar all the way
uptown to State Street before getting off. What an adventure it was for me.
Angel was a terrific cook and always had delicious meals prepared. But at that
time, I really ate very little and I know I weighed less than a 100 pounds.
This week April 20,2002. I found my report from Loyola and my grades were: 98,
100, 100. Not bad for a little country girl who came from back Vacherie.
Next article will be a little about Southwestern Louisiana Institute!!!!
May Reulet Gravois I am hoping Richard will type this up for me and send it to
me and we can begin forwarding little articles that I have been writing for some
about 10 years, NOT FOR PUBLICATION! No! Just for family and friends who care
what happened to me and for me on this long journey of my life.