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My Grandmothers (1 of 6 series)

I was blessed with two lovely little Grandmothers who were very different in many ways. Lucy & Elvira were from a simpler time. One British and one Italian. I'm so grateful they had my parents and passed the British & Italian culture through my parents to me!

I didn't know my Grandma Elvira. She died when I was 4 years old. I have no memory of even meeting her, which makes me sad. I remember when she died and my Dad got the phone call, he cried. I think that was the only time I ever saw him cry.

She was very short and roundy....a typical Italian Mama! She had eight children, but three died when they were children. That must have been heartbreaking for she and my Grandpa. They came over from Italy and after living in Boston & Montreal...settled in Santa Barbara (being most like the climate of Italy) and had their last baby which was my Beloved Poppy. My Grandma was 45 when she had my Dad on the dining room table!

She was a loving Mother to my Dad and I know she loved her "Sonnie" as she called him.

I wish I could have known her and would have been able to learn some good Italian dishes from her. I'll bet she gave a great hug!

My Grammie Lucy was a very tiny, put together, proper little lady. She and my Grandfather had two Mother being one of them. My Grandfather was a Boy Scout Executive and would take these three ladies of his on his scouting excursions to camp. I laugh when I picture this very particular little English Rose getting dirty! But she was a good sport!

My Aunt Janice, who looked like a movie star, sadly committed suicide due to postpartum depression after her two children were born. That was back in the day when people didn't get mental health help. This must have broken their hearts. My Mother lived as an only child from there on out.

I used to spend a lot of time with my Grandparents. I even traveled with them one summer! That was an adventure! One little girl on a tour bus of lots of old folks! Hahaha!

My Mother looks and acts a lot like my Grandmother now. The resemblance is amazing!

Maybe they will celebrate Mothers Day in Heaven together... having tea and Tiramisu!

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I’m Lori Balderas, I created this podcast for those who are converting, reverting or simply want a FRESH perspective of the Catholic faith to help them to open their hearts and minds to become closer to the love and goodness of Christ.

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