from my parents’ private comments, that Mrs. Heidegger was funny. She laughs at keeping her home and garden spotlessly clean, and insists on accusing the Communists, who run schools, telephone companies, and Catholic churches. Luther. My father used to say in a low voice, “Those Communists sent us electricity bills again. Listen to me, they’re trying to get us out of the house.” When he said that, my mother always smiled, even when paying the bills, when anxiety was most evident around the corners of her mouth and eyes.