Elliot loves his Amuma.
Last night Debbie told us the story of her Amuma, Elliot's great-Amuma, Delores Echeverria. The story goes that her husband came to the states from the Basque country to herd sheep and make money to send back for his wife and their son, Leo, to join him. He did make it to Idaho, and he did make money herding sheep, but he did not send it back to help bring his wife and son to join him. Instead he spent it on the local "sporting gal." When the money never came, Delores set out to make her own money to get her and her son to the states. She worked as a wet nurse, maid, and cook and got enough to pay their way. They came through Ellis Island and made it all the way to Idaho, where the story goes that upon their arrival her husband had the nerve to point out the sporting gal that had gotten all of his money! Amuma, who was obviously one tough cookie, "chased that gal all the way to California." She and her husband then settled in Idaho to raise their children and love on their grandchildren.
Elliot's Amuma has great memories of her Basque Amuma singing to her and cooking for her, all of the things Debbie loves to do for her grandsons. Elliot is so lucky to have such a wonderful Amuma.