Kristen Holland and her twin sister were teenagers when their mom died. It was an enormous loss, one they struggled with for years.
Then their father married a woman named Beverly Lietzau, who was just 11 years older than the twins were.
Things got complicated.
Now Holland is grown up, and she brought her step-mother to the StoryCorps booth in the Chicago Cultural Center. Beverly Lietzau says that things actually started off pretty easy. There was a sort of honeymoon period.
StoryCorps’ mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to share, record and preserve their stories. These excerpts, edited by WBEZ, present some of our favorites from the current visit, as well as from previous trips.