Why would I write this story?

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Not too difficult a question to answer. My grandfather had a great respect for his home, his animals and the land.

His generation accepted great challenges and suffered many losses, but still persevered. They were content with what they had.

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Nazaire Poulin with Louis (left) and Joe (right)

 

It didn’t make sense to want more than they already had. They were always good to their word and conscientious in their work.  At ten or eleven most boys were men, having mastered the basics of logging, trapping and farming – that was my grandfather, Raoul and all his brothers.

The stories of pioneering relatives need to be preserved, told and re-told so that they are not lost.

It is in these stories that you find true gold.

Joyce

Joyce Derenas is a historical fiction author who writes stories based on the real lives of her French-Canadian ancestors of the Beauce Valley in Quebec.