The boys were confused by Grandma’s sight. They were glad to read to her—proud to get the long words first—but they wondered when her eyes would heal like their scrapes. Rather than explain Grandma’s mortality their parents lied. Grandma was blinded by shieldbugs in the lemon bush in the back yard, they said. They sprayed her in the eyes when she was picking lemons for marmalade. Accordingly, the boys set a fire under the bush and beat the fleeing bugs to death with sticks. Later they apologised when they were instructed to—yet they never truly felt repentant.