ABOUT My Grandparents

Schizoaffective Disorder and Bipolar Disorder Searching for Brazilian roots


As I was looking through the pages of my mom’s wooden photo album decorated with palm trees, I came across a photo of her parents, Maria das Dores Bezerra and Joao B. Bezerra. My mom’s name, Maria das Dores, was the same as her mothers. Her mom was a Brazilian slave and was blind. Her father, a tailor in a village in Brazil. They had 10 children. I had never had the privilege of knowing my grandparents but being able to put a face on these two lovely people in my mind, was like winning a prize with a great big bow wrapped around it.

My Grandparents

My Grandparents

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