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  • Writer's pictureSamantha Alcaraz

Wanda LeaVesseur from HeatherWood Assisted Living and Memory Care

Updated: Mar 5, 2021

Wanda LeaVesseur - Saturdays Are For Bananas

Interviewer: What’s your favorite memory?

Wanda: A memory of my three-year-old son... Something he and his father only did and when he was little, he was blonde headed out of the four children. The only one that was blonde and my mother-in-law told me it wouldn’t stay that color and she ended up being right. He ended up being a brunette like me and all their children did except the second boy is a little more like his father with darker hair. Okay the banana man was always open on Saturdays. So he and dad made the trip down to see the banana man. Americans do not realize how many varieties of bananas there are. So the idea was they get different bananas every Saturday to bring home and then they would get oranges that I would put in Clorox water. Before if they were ever peeled you put them in Clorox water to sanitize them. And then you bring them in, you peel them or you put them in the juicer and make orange juice.

Wanda LeaVesseur - Saturdays Are For Bananas Part 2

“Just the reaction of my son being that young and trying to, he didn’t understand that banana over there you can eat it. And you know that’s not the kind of banana he eats. And so he didn’t understand that these are all edible bananas. So he had to learn that as he went down. So yeah, it was a good experience for him and for his father and since he was the oldest I didn’t have the other three. Well I had one on the way, bother with so he had the full attention but that’s one of my favorite memories of traveling around.”

Wanda LeaVesseur - Life in the Philippines

“I was actually married in the Philippines. Met my husband there. Married him there and then 15 years later we went back with four kids. And of course the kids loved it because they could just watch all the big water buffalo come down our street to go to an empty field a few blocks away. You know, every morning and then maybe around 4 o’clock or so then they’d all come back to go home. And then on Saturdays the maid, before she left to go home, would take the kids down to the store. You know, to treat the kids before she left for the weekend.”

Transcription and Audio Edit by Ileana Chavez and Samantha Alcaraz.

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