My mother was a very strong person who helped my father and never let us feel underprivileged just because there wasn’t much money. She always made us feel comfortable with ourselves. She was a wonderful mother, without being too overbearing. Possibly by keeping quiet she taught us more than if she had said a lot. Although my mother did not have a lot to spend on clothes, she nonetheless had her own style that was extremely personal. She took what she found interesting from fashion and ignored other trends that she disliked. She never gave way to exaggeration. She had a very striking face. She never needed make-up; it didn’t suit her. She had a very special beauty. She was a woman who succeeded in matching her style to her temperament, rejecting artificiality, ostentation and caricatures. This rejection of so many things by my mother had a definite effect on me.