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This is my Uncle Henry, affectionately known as Uncle Pickle. He is one of 5 of my moms younger brothers.
We lived with my grandmother and 3 of my uncles, sometimes 4 in a 3 room shot gun house in New Orleans for what seemed like forever.
After our dad left us, our 4 bedroom house burned down one Saturday afternoon. We lost everything. FAMILY took us in. We were poor financially but experienced a wealth of love.
If I’m honest, we knew we did not have what other people possessed and we never let it bother us, i.e.; a car, extra money for leisure activity, or to buy second hand clothes but you could not ever break our spirit. Treated less than, never offered a ride anywhere but we proudly walked or took the bus everywhere and enjoyed it!
We entertained ourselves, and if we couldn’t shop at the Junior League thrift store, my mom made our clothes and kept people marveled by how sharp we always were. In fact, people wondered why and how we were always so happy.
My Uncle Henry provided the best belly laughs, I mean endless laughs!
He took us to Mardi Gras parades, he cooked Spaghetti and Fried Chicken EVERY Sunday. I remember him bringing home a new telephone. It was black! Couldn’t tell us nothing, honey. Lol! Oh, and he always had a pickle! Hence his nickname, Uncle Pickle.
4627 Willow Street, 5115 Clara Street, 2323 Robert Street, and 1809 Robert Street, I’ll never forget how these addresses shaped our lives and so did our Uncle Henry.
The memories of childhood weren’t always great but one thing is for sure, we had more laughs than tears.
If you haven’t noticed, we love our family. It’s been a few years since seeing Uncle Henry but time spent with him always brings back years of memories. Life is what you make it.
The lessons, the character building, the strong will to survive no matter what the circumstances were all came from utilizing what we had.
I am certain I am who I am today because of where I’ve come from and I would not change a thing.
Our stories, our history, our struggle, runs as deep as our love for one another. I can go on and on. Life is definitely a movie. Make yours great. #family #weallwegot #nola #bookofkarima - 1 hour ago