"He used to say that we exist as long as somebody remembers us." -Carlos Ruiz Zafon, The Shadow of the Wind
My middle name comes from my mom's mom Lois. I never met her because she died just before I was born. But, I feel lucky to be named after her because if she was anything like my mom and my Aunt Cathy, she must have been a wonderful person. My grandparents met while my grandpa was in the Coast Guard stationed in Washington. She was visiting the states from Canada and I can only imagine their meeting. Maybe during a a night out on the town. Young love. Soon after, they moved to Los Angeles together to start their new life - just a sweet canadian gal and a strong, kind-hearted military man. What a lovely couple! This photo was taken at their Cerritos home in southern California where I visited as a child years after she passed.