The Feeling of Power
By kgl0819, Updated
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Do not say the word 'can't', because you can! You'll be successful some day. Il n'y a pas ne peut pas. There is no such thing as can't.
90 years ago, in 1926, Clayus LeBlanc started a dairy farm. Many years of labor were spent before the business became successful. Clayus had a hardworking and positive lifestyle like no other. Although he was illiterate, he was among the first people in Breaux Bridge to own a car. He then had 5 children, in which the middle son was very successful in starting a business of his own.
Clayus' son had a son. Clayus instantly became close to his grandson, David. David spoke English while Clayus spoke mostly French, but they managed to form an unspoken connection. Clayus loved to speak in broken English to David about making money and being successful. He also used to say "Il n'y a pas ne peut pas," which meant "there's no such thing as 'can't'.
One of the most memorable facets about Clayus was that the word ‘can’t’ was improper language to him. When David was 10 years old, his grandfather asked him to fetch a large bale of hay. It was very heavy and my father could not lift that much weight at that age, and he told his grandfather that he can’t do it. Clayus would get flustered and angrily tell him not to say the word ‘can’t’, and say ‘you can’.
Years later, David got married and was sent to the reserves because he could not afford college. He was activated to go to fight in the war of Desert Storm, with letters being the only way to communicate with his wife. Convinced that he may never see her again, he told my mother goodbye. In the days leading up to when he would be sent to Iraq, he worked harder than he ever had in his entire life. However hopeless the situation was, the spirit of his grandfather was with him as he trained.
Miraculously, Iraq surrendered just before my father had to fight and he was spared. With his hardest days behind him, David started his own business and became extremely successful. Shortly after David's business was established, Clayus passed away.
Since it was tradition to keep the first dollar earned through the business, David kept the dollar. At clayus' funeral, he placed the first dollar and a heartfelt letter about how much Clayus meant to him, inside of the pocket in his suit. Even though he has passed away, his hard working traits and morals are still present in the LeBlanc lineage.
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