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"A" Remarkable Woman

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I am compelled on this night, the eve of the launch of Laval Families Magazine, to share with you all the story of a remarkable woman. Mme. C was a neighbour and yet so much more to me and my boys, in the short time in which I knew her.

She was truly a remarkable woman of ninety-four years old, who raised her family of five children; who then went on to have fifteen grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren. The nineteenth one she was supposed to meet during this upcoming Christmas, but that was not meant to be. Mme. C. passed away on October 12, 2012.

It is still so difficult for me to realize that I will not have the privilege of seeing her again, sat in her den, with her lovely smile and always eager to recount her life experience from the days of old... She was always so welcoming to my boys, most especially Luca. I would come to understand why, simply because Mme. C. lived her life with love and now leaves behind this wonderful legacy of love. Also, Mme. C. had experience with special needs herself, having been charged with the care of her husband's intellectually deficient brother for twenty-two years!

My last conversation with Mme. C. was on September 30, 2012 and I was able to relay to her the victory that I secured for Alessio (refer to 'Update to My Article' Post) and she was simply overjoyed! Now as I bid adieu to Mme. C., I wish to ask you all about the individuals who have impacted your lives and that of your special needs children; siblings, etc.. Let's dialogue about the critical importance of having support for ourselves as parents of special needs children and just as importantly, let's cherish that support from whomever or wherever it comes from!

R.I.P. my inspiration and most cherished Mme. C..

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