She would have been over 100.
Never told us her age. Neither did her mother,
Yiddish speaker named Anna from Roumania, who
lived in Beverly Hills with my Uncle Alex. One day Anna
had a stroke, was unconscious when Alex brought
her into the hospital. How old is she the doctor
asked my uncle. Seventy eight my uncle said.
My grandmother, unconscious until then, said in Yiddish to my uncle:
Shmuck. Take off ten years.
The doctor, a Yiddish speaker too, said