Who I Am?

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Who am I?
When living in New York I received a phone call, it was my father which I had not heard or seen in over 15 years.
A short time thereafter he came to visit me with his wife and son which was then 12 years old. Within a few months, upon his invitation, I went to visit him in Martinique where he was working and coincidentally was his birthplace.
One evening a dinner was set up at my father’s mother’s house, my grandmother, which I had never seen. Everyone was present: My father, his wife and his son, his brother and his two sisters.
Prior to sitting at the table my father’s mother came to me while I was in her garden. She then asked me – who are you? I told her that I was her grand-son. She kept quiet and left. At the dinner table she never addressed me a word neither made eye contact.
So, that’s who I am !


Qui suis-je?
Habitant à New York, j’avais reçu un appel téléphonique, c’était mon père que je n’avais pas entendu ou vu depuis plus de 15 ans.
Peu de temps après, il est venu me rendre visite avec sa femme et son fils qui avait alors de 12 ans. Quelques mois plus tard, sur son invitation, je suis allé le visiter à la Martinique, où il travaillait et en coïncidence c’était sa ville natale.
Un soir, un dîner a été mis en place chez la mère de mon père, ma grand-mère, que je n’avais jamais vue.
Chacun était présent ; mon père, sa femme et son fils, le frère de mon père et ses deux sœurs.
Avant de s’asseoir à la table du “grand diner”, la mère de mon père, quand j’étais seul dans son jardin, est venue vers moi.
Puis elle ma posée la question ;
-Et qui êtes vous?
-Votre petit fils.
Et sans réponse elle est repartie.
A table, elle ne m’a jamais adressée la parole ni fait contact avec mes yeux.
Ainsi, c’est qui je suis!



5 responses to “WHO AM I ?

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