My beautiful Grandparents on my Dad’s side. Lauvaughn and Lloyd, They were the kind of Grandparents you could only wish for. They had a house near lake Michigan with woods behind it we loved to play in as kids. They were such loving and amazing people, I miss them everyday!
Here’s a photo of my Grandparents on my Moms side during Carnival. My grandfather, Manuel Pinto da Silva, was born in Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal, just south of the city of Porto. He and his family came to Belém do Pará, Brasil when he was 15 in search of more opportunity. Being that Brazil was such a new country, they thought that it was the place to go. His father, Camilo Pinto da Silva, started a public transportation company, a bus line.
My grandmother's name was Maria Moura, and she was born in Belém. Maria's parents were both professional musicians. They both died when she was little, and she and her sister were raised in an orphanage. She later became a teacher.
Manuel met my grandmother, when she came to his office to ask him if he would reroute the bus to come near the school where she taught. He agreed to send the bus to her school the very next day. To her surprise, he came to pick her up in his own car, instead. They fell in love, and were married shortly after.