The house looks almost the same. During the war, Papa sent money home to send Olga to hairdressing school, but one of her sisters stole it, and she never went. He also sent his mother and father enough money to buy the house. My grandmother was more grateful for the pillow (“mother” embroidered on it) that my other uncle sent from his tough billet in Hawaii during the war.

The top picture is Auntie Olga, Papa’s youngest and favorite sister. On the bottom is Auntie Gilda who never married and looks exactly like Papa. She took me to a Red Sox game on the train. Major Sox fan.