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12.5 x 10.5 in.

Silvia, 2007

My mom is Silvia Faggi. She was born in Argentina in 1924; she currently lives in Miami, Florida.

 

Her father was born in Florence, Italy and her mother in Argentina. Sylvia lost her father when she was only 5 years old and this impacted her greatly. Her mother never remarried.

 

Contrary to the way she was raised, my mom was ahead of her times; she was the first woman to wear a bikini and the first divorcee in the family. Once “divorce” and “second marriages” were allowed by the Church and State in Argentina, she immediately remarried. This was very rare at the time – especially amongst women in her Catholic family.

 

Since she was very young, she worked away from home. During the Presidency of Juan Perón, she worked at the Department of Labor in Buenos Aires and close to the President’s wife, Evita Perón. Years later she drove her own school bus and later, still, was the first woman in the city of Mar del Plata (Argentina) to own and drive her own taxi.

 

Silvia was always the person I turned to in my adolescence. I trusted her because I knew I could speak to her openly about anything. Her mind was and still is broad and flexible.

 

Now at 85, there’s still something royal about the way she dresses and carries herself. She’s always had a healthy sense of humor. Her wit and intuition are keen; she adapts remarkably well to new situations. We call her the Phoenix bird, as she always reemerges from the ashes of her life’s difficulties relying on her experience to continue growing and evolving.

 

The many years with mom have taught me to love and appreciate her, and to be proud of her eccentricity and courage. Life has taught me to accept her for who she is: a beautiful human being, my mom Silvia.

 

Marta Schneider