I grew up the youngest of six children with 17 years between myself and my oldest brother. I hardly remember him as a child exept maybe those times when he would hitchhike from a military base and suprise my mother with his presence at the front or kitchen door. My mother would be so thrilled to have her son home. And so was everyone else.
There is a story that he tells that he had to join the Navy at 17 years of age to make room for the newest addition – ME! He made the military a career, got married, and he and his family would visit for a week or so every so often, but we were never that close. In the meantime, I grew up, got married at 23, and left for Riverside, California to start a new life with my husband.
Lo and behold, the following year after our move, my brother was transferred to Norton AFB in southern California. He and his wife stayed with us in our small apartment while they looked for a house. They found a house in San Bernardino (the next town from Riverside) and, for the next 10 years, we would visit each other. I got to know the brother that I had missed knowing during my growing-up years.
Gloria Lozano lives with her husband in San Antonio, Texas. In 1974, she gave birth to this web site’s founder.