Marilyn, thanks for your thutohufgl comment. Of course I remember that trip to Canada — and our quest for French boys in Quebec! — but I’d forgotten that was how you discovered your mother was from Poland. Oh, those family secrets! I’m very pleased you told your mother about my blog; I’ll be curious to know her reaction. I’m sure my mother would have liked my tribute to her, but not sure how she would have felt about the public nature of much of this.