Then we know that a youngster has been introduced to "Grandpa" who has "a kitchen with two stoves in it" and he comes to find out about the pin mill and its whistle that sounded like a "scream." A particularly touching sentence, "But then you felt your Grandpa's arm, holding you and turning you, and then magenta flowers were all that you could see." Earlier we see Grandpa putting on the flowered bib apron that had belonged to "Grandmother Godrester" (God Rest Her) before she'd died. Later we find out his last name is Hizzoner. Most, if not all of the time, the mother is referred to only as her.
Bradley does a nice job of revealing that the woman, "her cheek was like a plum about to burst," has been abused by her husband has the grandfather's one-sided phone conversation overheard by the child. They have a conversation about the "Goddamn Rambler" possibly not making the long drive, "It almost didn't, Daddy. Daddy, I almost didn't make it home." Oh my goodness. Not only did the car almost not make it but she almost didn't, was almost killed. All these things are memories of the person who is now driving to Department of Corrections.
The grandfather is kind and gentle and teaches the child with patience. The grandfather is majestic just as the stove he used was labeled Majestic. He encouraged the child to read and use the Lexicon. The grandfather was a retired judge and he taught the child about the history of Pennsylvania and the United States and even geology. I think the first time we're sure the child is male is "wishing you had whiskers too." He also teaches the boy that their people have the strength and tenacity of the Susquehanna River.
"You Remember the Pin Mill" is about 35 pages long in present tense even as most of the story is told as backstory using the device of "you remember." The story is included in the O. Henry Prize Stories, 2014 and was first published in Narrative Magazine.