“I broke my life down into letters, for love I pressed "5, 6, 8, 3," for death, "3, 3, 2, 8, 4” (269).
Originally, the grandpa’s mental trauma, afraid of losing loved ones, made him leave grandma alone in New York. He tried to hide from the world; however, the world will intrude anyway. The persons that once lived together could not figure out the meaning of the other’s words nowadays. Their different experiences create a distant gap between them proved by the change of time.