Aunt Margaret, who had spent her whole life in Brooklyn, moved, at 70-something,
to southern California in order to be near her one remaining sister,
my grandmother. Gramma lived in Leisure World, a giant senior suburb
just inland from Laguna Beach. Margaret asked, 'So where is the bakery,
the butcher shop?' 'There,' we said, pointing to a great gleaming Safeway
down the road.
'Oh, no,' she said, stretching her neck liked an offended ostrich, arching
her eyebrows and pitching her voice as only a person from Brooklyn can
do, 'That won't do. That won't do at all.'"