A family and four generations of mothers, all driven by the same values, even though they have raised and raised their children separately. Today, these women feed each other’s experiences. On the occasion of Mother’s Day celebrated on Sunday 29th May, whether they are grandmothers, grandparents or mothers, they tell us about their relationship.
A quarter of exemplary mothers
Edmée Dubois, 101 years old, Jeanine Frontin, 80 years old, Josiane Calinghee, 60 years old and Laura Poudreux, 36 years old, four women, mother of four generations. For three generations, from mother to daughter, domestic workers have the experience of their efforts and sacrifices. The oldest member of the family, Edmée Dubois, lives in Forest-Side. This is her granddaughter Josian Kalinghi who takes care of her from Monday to Saturday. Lucid is an exceptional mother of 15 children, 22 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, despite her age.
“He loves them all equally without exception and never misses an opportunity to advise them. He often tells me ‘I give you problems’, but he knows I do it with pleasure”, explains Josian Kalinghi. Edmée Dubois surrounds himself with dolls and trinkets that represent each story and memory. Her daughter, Jeanine Frontin, for her part, is a housemaid like her mother. “I’m glad my parents are still here and healthy,” Josian added.
Every family reunion is an opportunity to share a special moment and remember the story of the past. Centennial is unable to travel for a single holiday. This is especially true for Mother’s Day, but everyone like Laura Podrex makes a point to see her that day. The latter is the daughter of Josian Kalinghi who represents the mother’s fourth generation. A hairdresser by profession, she is 36 years old and the mother of two children aged 4 and 13. For her, there is nothing like the love her grandparents have for her children. “Grandma Admi often tells her love story to our grandparents and we are always very inspired and admired,” said Laura Podrex, who spent much of her childhood with her grandmother, Jinine.
“He taught me how to clean and sort rice. The values he passed on to me still guide me in my life today. Of course, we sometimes have differences of opinion, especially if my daughter wears a little high-cut top or makeup, but that’s normal, “says Laura. The latter hopes that her daughter will pass on these same principles to her children, just as they were sent to those who follow her example. “I hope my mother survives as long as her grandchildren can enjoy her presence,” she added. The family will meet Grandma Jeanine Frontin for Mother’s Day and will not fail to meet Edmi Dubois.
Once mother, always mother
Children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-grandchildren are all scattered on the island or abroad, but this family is one of the few with a mother of four generations. They are grateful to be able to experience such a unique relationship with the oldest member of the family who is none other than the 102-year-old Basu Gujadur. She has eight children, 23 grandchildren and 42 great-grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
One of the daughters of Basu Gujadhu, Shanti Bihari is 78 years old. His daughter Mita Bumma is 60 years old and his daughter Nisha Grimal is a 30 year old mother. Mothers of these four generations have been able to build strong bonds from generation to generation. Basu Gujadhur enjoys his family cocoon. In the meantime he finds his bearing. Needless to say, this resident of Chamuni has worked hard. Married from the age of 12, he worked as a cane cutter for many years. Only at the age of 86 did he agree to be relieved. Hard work is one of the values he passed on to his children and the next generation, including his daughter Shanti Bihari. She is a housewife who lives in Grand-Boys. She says she enjoys family reunions. “When we celebrate Mother’s Day, we’re close to a hundred,” she says
Basu Gujadur always seeks the presence of his children around him. “She cries sometimes when she can’t see one of us. Then we make a video call to reassure her, “said Priya Gujadur, 64, one of her daughters who looks after her. Despite his 102 years, his memory does not waver. In fact, Basu Gujadhu remembers the names of all his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and always asks for them.
“My grandmother has confirmed my education and I am very attached to her. I grew up with him. Li mo deziem bondie, ”said his granddaughter Mita Bumma. Every Mother’s Day, though she now lives in New Discovery, she visits him all the time on this occasion. “The younger generation has a lot of respect for him. The secret to longevity, he tells us, is his joie de vivre and his positivity, “said Mita Bumma. Although the latter lived far away from his grandmother after his marriage, he wanted his daughter, 30-year-old Nisha Grimal, to enjoy the love of a grandmother and a grandmother. -Mom. Nisha Grimal lives in France. Currently on holiday in Mauritius, he says he took the time to visit his daughter with her great-grandfather Basu. “I have many fond memories of my childhood when I met him. It is a source of pride for us that he is always there to give us advice and to share his memories, “he said. Even today, his grandmother Shanti Bihari often asks him to give them gifts in a corner.