The Dart: For Chauvins, ideal Sunday includes plenty of time with grandchildren

Published 12:00 am Monday, March 14, 2005

VIDALIA, La. &045; For years, Charles Chauvin served as superintendent of Concordia Parish’s public schools.

Now that he’s retired, he and wife Dorothy are still focusing on children &045; but this time, it’s their grandchildren.

On Sunday they, 2-year-old grandson Paul and 7-month-old granddaughter Mary Jane could be found spending quality time together at the Chauvins’ Concordia Avenue home.

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Paul and Mary Jane, along with 10-year-old Andy, are the children of the Chauvins’ youngest daughter, Jane Opperman.

Although their grandchildren live in St. Francisville, the Chauvins get to see them about twice a month, Dorothy Chauvin said.

On Sunday afternoon, they kept the grandchildren while Opperman played tennis in Natchez.

&uot;With two little ones, she has her hands full, so when she has the opportunity (to relax) we’re glad to keep them,&uot; Dorothy Chauvin said.

Not that there aren’t chores involved, as with any small children.

For one thing, Charles Chauvin had to follow Paul around with a wet washcloth.

&uot;You see what I have to do every time he eats an ice cream cone,&uot; he said, holding up a washcloth coated with melted chocolate ice cream.

Paul, nearby, continued to eat the cone, oblivious to the work involved on the part of his grandfather.

Just inside the Chauvins’ front door, little Mary Jane happily sat in denim overalls in her bouncy seat, only fussing once to be carried out into the sunny, mild weather.

But the couple doesn’t mind the work involved &045; from the looks on their faces, they were glad to have time to &uot;spoil&uot; their grandchildren.

The visit also gave all of them the opportunity to celebrate the birthday of another of the Chauvins’ daughters, Susan. The oldest, Nancy, lives in Natchez.