My father, Leon Baquet, Jr., was born in Scott, Louisiana on January 16, 1911. His father was Leon Baquet, Sr. and his mother Emmalina Castille.
My father’s parents were merchants and artists! They owned a General store in Scott, Louisiana where they sold a variety of things from groceries to feed, bakery goods to caskets, and even hats that were designed by Emmalina.
My father loved his children as did all the men in our family. We were so blessed to grow up in this family because we were so cared for and unconditionally loved. We were always with our parents, included in everything and all events. We were a team!
I’m sure that through the generations of our family “children” were a blessing to be cherished. Research over the past decade highlights the link between affection in childhood and health and happiness in the future.
I’ve been through tough times in my life but I have always landed back on my feet. I have never gone into a deep depression, or felt unlucky to be alive. In fact I feel so fortunate for all I’ve gone through because it has taught me valuable lessons.
Research also has proven that affection in childhood leads to higher self esteem, improved academic performance, better parent-child communication, and fewer psychological and behavior problems. Studies also highlight the relationship between parental affection and children’s happiness and success.
So here’s to all the men in my family on Father’s Day 2019! Thanks for loving all your children, especially “Nicky” you were the best!