Write about what I remember. We grew up poor, but we didn’t know it. When my mother was very sick and at the last day she went to her oncologist she was talking about her mother.
Gerda said that the only way we had presents at Christmas was because her mother gave her money to buy presents for the kids. My father did not want to take any sort of help from his mother in law, I guess he was too proud to take any help. But my grandmother buying presents was for the children. Gerda said if she had not done that we would have not had any Christmas.
At Christmas we each got one larger present and perhaps two smaller ones. One Christmas I got a bicycle and I had always wondered where they kept that bike till Christmas morning.
A big disappointment for me one year was that my grandmother Gertrude asked what I wanted, and I had my eye on a Terri Lee Doll because the girl next door had one. Gertrude said OK, I was in little girl heaven. On Christmas I was waiting with anticipatory joy, and what she bought was a Madame Alexander Doll. Now this doll looked like an adult and not like the child figure I had wanted.
I then noticed that anything I told Gertrude I had wanted was not to be believed, she bought what she wanted. In spite of that I managed to survive.