Battle Ready

Woman in hotel cafe describing elderly mother: “Her teeth are broken and she hasn’t fixed them. She has cataracts, and I’m not sure how she can see to get around. She says she can see shadows. And I try to talk to her about her hearing, and she yells, I CAN HEAR FINE!”

“She’s tough,” the grown daughter adds, pausing to reflect . . . “She was 14 years old and killing Nazis. I guess that imprints.”

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