Jose was always hard working and was picking up flowers"His eye could measure a length of board ,and his knees genuflected over flower beds and leafy gutters".
Jose was cleaning the pool while Arnie was sitting around."He stared digging ditches and stuff and the next thing you knew he was sitting by his own swimming pool.You want to sit by your own pool,dont you?"
Arnie said that he was doing something when he told the cops but he wasnt doing anything and jose was doing everything "Iwas scrubbing the pool Arnie shouted and i said Mr clemens you shoulndt stand so close to the edge but did he lisren?No he leaned over and well you image the horror".
When consitinas grandma came to vist constitina wasnt treatin her grandma right.“You made me feel like a zero, like a nothing,” she says in Spanish, un cero, nada. She is trembling, an angry little old woman lost in a heavy winter coat that belongs to my mother. And I end up being sent to my room, like I was a child, to think about my grandmother’s idea of math.
This also happend when they went to church.I ignore her when she gets up with a hundred other people to go take communion. I’m actually praying hard now—that this will all be over soon. But the next time I look up, I see a black coat dragging around and around the church, stopping here and there so a little gray head can peek out like a periscope on a submarine.
Once they got home the grandma didnt want to talk to her.My mother looks at me for a long time, like she feels sorry for me. Then she says, “You should know, Constancia, that if it wasn’t for the old woman whose existence you don’t seem to value, you and I would not be here".