Background: My grandparents joined us here in North America a few years back. This was the practical thing to do, as they have no family under 70 remaining in Old Country and they were missing us. However, immigrating when you are 70+ and lived in the same city almost all your life is rarely easy. End Background
After a while, my grandmother and I were talking. She told me that she was walking to the grocery store and saw some teenage boys loitering by the door. She was a bit apprehensive, as teenage boys do not have the best reputation. Imagine her surprise when one of said boys jumped to open and hold the door for her with a big, polite smile! She said that was the day she realized North America had its good points too (other than her family being there).