In this chapter, the author, a first-generation Swedish American, reflects on his custody visits with his father, Oscar Waldemar Lindberg, in his Skokie house in Chicago as part of Oscar’s divorce arrangement with Helen, the author’s mother. He first describes Ann Smith, the English girlfriend lurking in the shadows before his parents’ divorce, and the things that he remembers the most in their house at Brummel Street. He then talks about his grandmother Emma Stone and her attitude towards Oscar, along with their neighbors’ gossiping every Monday, which was laundry day. He also shares how fearful he was of the possibility that his father would never return him to his mother. Finally, he looks back to the presents he received on Christmas and his father’s relationship with a woman named Alice Koffend.
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