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February 08, 2022

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Don Z. Block

You are accurately describing my grandparents on my father's side, who lived on Amboy Street between Sutter and Pitkin. They lived into their 90s but probably never experienced much of happiness or love but took so much joy in seeing their grandchildren, and we could never understand why and we couldn't stand being the objects of their adoration and we couldn't understand them since they spoke very little English and we hated traveling into that awful neighborhood in Brownsville. And it saddens me that I was too young to be appreciative of what they suffered and why they suffered and too young to even attempt to communicate with them.

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