This rare and precious family photo was take when I was five. My mother was holding my sister, who was less than one year old. Others in the photo are my father, my grandfather, my step-grandmother, and my mother’s two half brothers.
My mother’s biological parents divorced when she was only a one year old child. She was then adopted by her uncle. So my mother always said she had three pairs of parents to look after: her adoptive parents, her biological father and his second wife; as well as her biological mother and her second husband. My mother had always been on good terms with everyone in the huge and complicated families. Life was very tough; but she was even tougher; always trying to stay on top of everything.