My mother (Dolores/Lola) was a strong woman, much admired and loved by everyone – an extremely hard act to follow. As many mother-daughter relationships, ours was complicated. Yet eleven years after her death, I still miss her. I was named after my mother’s mother (Elvira) who died one month before my birth. My father’s mother (Marina) died when he was eight years old. Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures of her.
Although my marriage ended in divorce, my good relationship with my mother-in-law (Aurelia Ebert) survived. She was an amazing and loving grandmother to my daughters. She has been gone for 13 years, but still a very real part of our lives. Her mother (Pauline Dittrich) was a rough and tough lady of German descent. She was truly a character. My daughters feared her a little. My father-in-law’s mother, Mary Ebert, was a remarkable woman. She was 91 when she died. She lived with my in-laws and cooked the family meals up to a month before her death. Her mind was sharp till the end. My daughter Elvie was born one day before her 91st birthday.