A Mother Lost Too Soon

She had a Sophia Loren-style beauty, and a penchant for Lucy Ricardo-style antics. 

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    mami young

    A photograph of Mami taken by Papi at his photography studio in Old Havana around 1950. 
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    Liz in NYC

    My brother, Joe, Mami and Papi in New York City. 
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    mami holding baby

    Mami holding me in our Bronx apartment.
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    Liz mom with stroller

    Mami and I in the Bronx, where she and Papi settled after arriving from Havana.
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    cake with brother

    My first birthday. My brother, Joe, looks on.
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    birthday cake

    Mami always went all out on our birthdays. Here I was turning 3.
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    mami in pool

    Mami and I in a Miami Beach hotel pool.
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    chubby liz in pool

    Mami and I on another Miami vacation. 
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    Mami at the park

    Mami, left, me and my aunt, Amada, my mother's younger sister, during a vacation in Miami, which was home to the largest Cuban exile population.
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