lived upstairs, in the apartment next to ours.
In her new country, Uncle Norman’s sister had renamed herself after
silent movie vamp Theda Bara. Theda’s first husband Charlie “was
so gallant and sweet– when he walked down the street with a girl,
he’d always move to the gutter side”.
He was a gambler who bet on horses, and died outside their stables. Theda’s
second husband, Uncle Irving, was as sweet as the bags of candy he brought
home from his candy store beneath the elevated subway on Kings Highway,
for us to take to our grandfather’s summer house.