We had fun in the little store. Later on
as we were in the teenage years we were learning to dance in that little
store. I called T Lise to ask her if she remember and she certainly did.
We were trying to name the boys and girls who came.
Sometimes mama would
make ice cream and get our little to crank the ice cream freezer.
Remember? Then on other Sundays mama would send us Lemonade. We'd crank up
that phonograph and dance the fox trot, the waltz, the two-in-one step.
I'm not sure where we learned. I am trying to list the names and
Lise and I could not remember them all, I do remember that poor Claude
Gravois just could not get that Rhythm! All the girls tried to teach him
but he just couldn't get it.
Gaston was never there for those dance lessons. So we never once danced together.
||Stan & Mat
Yes, Gaston was such a good guy. That's why I wrote
He told me all of this late in life. He just felt like thinking
about it and maybe it made him better for sharing it with me. I always
knew he had come to New Orleans for the seventh grade, because the little I
knew of him, I remember he would have been in my class when I was moved
from the 6th to the 7th after the first grading period. Life goes along
regardless of what happens. That is why he grew up in New Orleans.
On weekends he spent that time with Stan and Mat (Stan's first wife) and also
the older George Brierre, parents of Mat, in that big house on Franklin
Avenue. Stan was playing golf every weekend and he would take Gaston to
caddy for him and for others. That gave him spending money. He said he
bought his clothes and also cigarettes with his earnings. Later on he
said if he had known better he would not have spent his few dollars for
cigarettes and he could have paid his way to Holy Cross, where the
tuition was just about $3.00 a month. What was good about his weekends at
Stan's was the company; that is the elderly Brierres who took such an
interest in him and also Mariette who was just a very wonderful person.
and a super influence on him. Believe he was well cared for and loved by
that family. He often spoke to me about a very good growing up time under
their influence. And they all loved him and cared for him. He was quite
happy and he seldom came to Vacherie, unless Mat and Stan were taking a
ride out there for the weekend.
I want you to know that in spite of the
conditions which led him to leave his family ,he adjusted very, very, well
to whatever came his way. He had such Faith that the Lord would guide him
and he accepted whatever came his way, and I want to assure you that he
never strayed from that path and he let the Lord lead his way. How many
times in our married he would say "The good Lord will help us" and he
sincerely followed that belief. It gives me PEACE to believe as strongly
as he did that was so. I hope this helps you understand what his
total life meant to him.