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  • My name is Kim Julian. I've been a resident here all my life. My story is about my grandfather, Charlie Lewis.

    His favorite thing in the world was to go to Maine to blueberry rake. Growing up as a kid it was pile up the back of the truck in blankets and pillows and rakes and food and take off to go make some money.

    Eventually my grandfather couldn't go to Maine anymore. He was diagnosed with diabetes and ended up losing one of his legs. And eventually, about a year later, he lost his second leg. Near the end of the dialysis we knew he was wanting to go back to Maine. He talked a lot about it. So we decided to try to make it happen. We headed off, packed up his van, me and my two aunts and took him to Maine. And the closer he got the more excited he got.

    First thing he wanted to do was drive up on a raking field and watch people rake and look for somebody that he knew that he could speak Mi'kmaq to. And of course it didn't us more than five minutes to find someone we knew. And we were there for a good two weeks, and we ended up raking in the fields. And he was just ecstatic..we were out there raking. We were up there on vacation and we ended up raking. And he just made the most fun of it.

    Yeah, he was happy. The best time. The most happiest I've seen him was then. Even waking up in the morning he'd say something funny and make us all laugh. Or we'd wake up and he had, there was a little princess tiara on the table and he'd be sitting there wearing it, smiling at us. Oh my God he was foolish. But just to relax, just to see it in his face he was so relaxed and so happy. It was the best trip.
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