I have been lucky enough to have several mothers in my life, including the woman who gave birth to me in April 1969, GraceAnne Andreassi DeCandido; “Mom-like product” Helga Borck, who helped raise me when she became part of our family in the mid-1970s; the Godmommy Livia DeCandido, my wonderful aunt; and two amazing women who are no longer with us, my grandmother Ann Andreassi, who died in 2016 at the age of 93, and my great-grandmother Grazia Silverio DeBacco, who died in 2003 at the age of 98.

All the mothers in question are magnificent, and many of whatever good qualities I might have as a person is in large part due to all these amazing mommies in my life.



My aunt Livia, with her brother/my father. From a family gathering in 2018.



My mother, my great-gradmother, and my grandmother at a family reunion some time in the 1980s.


Helga with my father enjoying her birthday cake in 2006.



Wrenn, me, my father, and Helga at the Bronx Zoo in 2015.



Me and my mother at my parents’ house in 2016.

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