Once upon a time there was a man who out of sheer boredom decided to rob a nearby post office and then hid in a nearby inn. By the time the police found him, he had spent all the stolen money on drinks, for himself and all the other guests at the bar. To avoid justice, he fled to France at the last minute and began a new life. That man was my grandfather.
My father never talked much about him, probably resenting him for leaving the family and running away, so I never knew much about him other that he sometimes used to send my father a letter asking about him, and that he had started a new family in France. For years I was angry at him for leaving his family and depriving us of socializing, experiences and memories, but today when I have my family, and when I see how many wonderful memories my child has accomplished with his grandparents, so many questions have arisen that I would asked his grandfather .. I became more and more interested in what he would tell me about his life moves and paths, does he regret anything, who are his children, who are my relatives? Do they know they have more family members like me and my brother, my father? Do they look like me?
The desire to explore my roots and get some answers over the years is growing, and I decided to raise funds, so when the pandemic situation allows it, travel to France and try to get in touch with my cousins, try to find my grandfather or at least his grave and most Of all things, try to get answers and peace of mind.
My father is still reluctant to talk about him, and I think it has left a mark on his life, but he doesn’t mind me trying to get answers and reconnect with his family, our family. It's time to find out the other side of the story and try to unite the family, and you can help me with that.
I would love to raise 2,000 EUR, so I can cover the cost of transportation and accommodation for myself, my wife and child, and plan to stay 7-10 days and try to find a family in Nice. If my grandfather died, I would at least like to find his grave, and go greet him for the first and last time and light a candle for him.
I have had this wish for a long time, but with constant running costs, loans and a little baby, I failed to save for the trip, and the pandemic and earthquakes I survived last year awakened in me some fear that my life would pass without me doing a part of what I would like. Well, this is one of the wishes, I would be very happy if you would help make it come true.