Yesterday was my Mom's birthday. She would have been 86. It's hard to imagine what she would have looked like at 86. Mom left this world just after her 75th birthday, 11 years ago.
Mom, on the left, with her sister, Anna. Mom was in her 20s then, in the 1940s.
What made me write this today was, when I posted a Happy Birthday, Mom on my facebooks page, my daughter, Gina (named for my mom) told me that she had a dream about Mama Gigi the night before (not realizing the next day was Mama Gigi's birthday). And also in the dream was my Aunt Wo. Gina said she knew no one by that name existed, but she looked just like Mama Gigi! But I told Gina that I had an Aunt Ro, and she looked just like my Mom! I wish I had a picture of my Aunt Ro (or Rowie as we called her... short for Rosemarie). Weird, huh!
Mom, circa 1960s. I can tell by the old kitchen and the Christmas curtains.
All the grandkids called her Mama Gigi. The name derived from the fact that her name was Regina, but her brothers and sisters called her Gigi and my oldest sister called her Mama. My sister heard people calling her Gigi, so Anne Marie started calling her Mama Gigi. When Mom became a grandmother, she said she wanted that to be her Grandmom name.... and so it was.
Mom, circa 1975. I can tell by the hairdo! I did her hair for her every week.
Everyone says I look like my Mom. I recently got re-acquainted with a woman from our old neighborhood who told me that I look exactly like my mom (except my hair is brown.....thanks to my wonderful hairdresser and Redken color!)
Mom, far left, with her surviving brother and sisters
(5 siblings are gone by then.)
Circa late 1980s
So, Happy Birthday, Mom! We sure do miss you around here!