August 5, 2013 by LeVoyageur
Excellent contribution to The Storykeepers Project by Detroit author Vivian LeMay.
VIVIAN LeMAY for THE STORYKEEPERS PROJECT
Vivian LeMay, the author of The Last Lord of Paradise – A Family Saga of Early Michigan French Canadians, presents a reflection on childhood in the Detroit River Region. The experience she describes of having family on both sides of the river, many speaking French, is one of the unique qualities of the French Canadian experience in the region. Many generations of French Canadians have had family on both sides of the Detroit River and families often moved back and forth many times over the course of centuries, and continue to do so.
IS RIVER CANARD, ONTARIO HEAVEN?
I was in the doctor’s office and recognized the name on the nurse’s badge. It was my mother’s maiden name. I asked if she was from River Canard, Ontario. She looked surprised and said, “Why yes.”
“Then you live in heaven,” I told her.
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