December 30th, 2020

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A Little More About My Paternal Grandfather

The strategic mistake Edith made when she married Grandpa was persuading him they should relocate to Florida. Let's just say that there was a large supply of eligible widows, leading to the inevitable divorce. If I recall correctly they only lasted a couple of years.


Grandpa moved into a place called Century Village, which Dad claimed was named after the average age of its inhabitants. A while later, I was sitting at our kitchen table doing homework while Dad was talking to Grandpa on the phone. I don't remember whether they were speaking in Yiddish or in Italian. (They used the latter if they didn't want my mother to understand what they were saying.) So I wasn't really listening, All of a sudden, Dad's vocabulary but have failed him, because I heard him say - in English - "Pa, you don't have to marry her. In America they call it shacking up."

I am not sure but I don't think he actually legally married his fourth wife, though they did have a religious ceremony. That marriage lasted even less time than his marriage to Edith.

By the way, I like to think Grandpa was faithful to my grandmother, his first wife (who was killed in the Shoah). But I have reason to believe he had been part of a chorus that toured all over Lithuania, so, for all I know, he could have had a woman in every town they went to. This entry was originally posted at https://fauxklore.dreamwidth.org/484236.html. Please comment there using OpenID.