Who is Alberta?
I grew up with three brothers, Bill, Joe, and my twin brother, Albert, along with a sister, Leona, who is the oldest. We had a brother, Walter, who we called Butch, but he died of polio at seven years old, and at the time, I was only two so I didn’t have the blessing of knowing him, only through pictures. My parents took his death hard.
My childhood had been full of good memories. Having a twin brother, his buddies and my girlfriends, we would always group together to have fun with activities like: baseball, sledding, skating, bike riding, and walked numerous times to the ice-cream store. As teenagers with a car license, we rode to the city, where owners parked their cars along the streets for show, and had them shinning brighter than the sun. Guys carried their cigarettes rolled-up in their tee-shirts, wore loafers, and we played the great sixties music, until they wore out. When Elvis got married, he broke my heart!
I loved school for the social time looking for fun and making the kids laugh during study periods. As for the classes, I went because it was something we had to do to graduate. I look back now and realize how important and special those days were to all of us.
Our father, Albert L. Gramm, had been a retired Brigadier General in the Army. He fought in WWII as one of the commanding officers of the 26th Yankee Division and fought in some famous battles like Metz, Lorraine and The Battle of the Bulge. He died in 1990 at eighty years old in South Dennis, Massachusetts, down Cape Cod, from cancer and I let the wonderful military history of this great man, pass with him.
**Wrote about my life with him in A Spiritual Renewal (https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=alberta+sequeira)
Our mom, Sophie Gramm, had been a stay-at-home mom and greeted us each and every day coming home from school. Suppertime was “Family Time”, not as it is today. We laughed, talked about our school classes and friends and got to know each other. My mother died in 2007 at ninety-two years of age from a stroke, two months after my daughter, Lori’s death.
I met my first husband, Richard Lopes from North Dighton, MA, and we had two beautiful daughters, Debbie and Lori, four years apart. My dreams of a happy marriage ended after fourteen years of being an enabler…way too long..to Richie with his drinking. We divorced, and he died in 1985 at forty-five years old from alcoholism.
**Wrote about our young years and the life of an alcoholic family behind closed doors in Someone Stop This Merry-Go-Round. https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=alberta+sequeira
Years after losing Richie, I met and married, Al Sequeira, from Rochester, Massachusetts. I sold my home and moved with him. I loved the large farm house with a porch that encircled the whole front with ten acres. He had four grown children and we became very close as a family and we do not call our kids- stepchildren. They are all our sons and daughters. We have since moved to North Dartmouth, Massachusetts.
Al and I own a Time Share to make us go on vacation. We have gone to many places in the USA, but our thrill was going to Italy and Portugal in 2011. It had been like going back in time with the everyday living. We met Al’s relatives for the first time in a tiny village with only 12 families. It was wonderful. Family still had goats to walk up to the mountains, took care of beehives to make the honey, sheep, goats, fruit trees in all backyards to just pull them off and eat fresh. Vegetable, like potatoes, are all grown in the ground. I never saw a can of food anywhere. The old churches were kept and were breathtaking. Everyone looked healthy in their older years. I can’t imagine them living under stress like we do back home.
I became a four-time award winning author and speaker on alcohol and drug abuse. I teach three-hour workshops on “Bring Your Manuscript to Publication”, “How to Self-Publish Your Own Book with Create Space,” and “Writing Memoirs.” I published them in paperback and Kindle on Amazon.
I am also a director, producer and co-host to the New Bedford 95 Cable TV station. I also became a co-founder to Authors Without Borders with three other authors (www.awb6.com).
My enjoyment is coming to the end of my first fictional The Rusty Years, which will be in a three books series. I want my followers to see a lighter side of me after writing about so much pain and loss.
My books are in paperback and Kindle at http://amazon.com/author/albertasequeira
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