|My maternal grandparents Simon Topadze and Nina (Dochviri) Topadze, Tbilisi 1940s|
My Grandmother, Nina Dochviri Topadze, Tbilisi 1940s
Her hair is so much like Prada S/S 2011, isn't it?!
And oh, how I wish I had granny's vintage dresses, purses and shoes!!
My sweetest childhood memories are all of me spending summers with my grandparents on their farm in Imereti, Georgia. My grandparents got married after completing their studies in economics at the university in Tbilisi (the capital of Georgia). I think they actually met at work... (so did my parents, and also my husband and I). My grandfather survived the World War II (unfortunately, his brother Bezhan did not) and they settled in Tbilisi. A few decades later when granddad's mom got ill, they moved back to Imereti to take care of her. I always thought that was special that my grandparents were probably the only farmers with bachelors degrees in the whole village of Siqtarva, lol! My poor grandma never liked living on the farm. She really was a city girl. I named my daughter after her... My granddad was a very intelligent man. He read the newspaper everyday until just a few months before his death at 92.. He knew current events better than me or other grand-kids. Without any hesitation he could discuss any local or world news, offering his "black and white" opinion. There were no gray areas with Babu.
|My grandma Nina (left) and her girlfriends in Tbilisi, sometime before WWII|
|My Mom in her Daddy's lap|
|Mom with her Aunt, Mary|
|Mom and my Uncle Vladimeri, Tbilisi, around 1950-51|