Join The Conversation With Mishpacha's Weekly Newsletter

It Happened to Me: Guilty as Charged

Beth Firestone

My name is Shuey Gravitzky. Well, not really. I’m changing all names to protect the guilty. Yes, that’s right. Guilty, as charged.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

boyI woke up Monday morning, determined to “make it a great day” as my dad is so fond of saying. I had gotten all of my stuff together the night before, and I went to bed on time. I had my mom wake me early, and I made it to the kitchen with plenty of time to spare. This is all stuff I’ve been “working on” lately. I’ve got a deal with my parents. If they see improvement, I get to buy a RipStik.

I was sitting at the kitchen table with my sister, Leah, enjoying homemade waffles.

“Five minute warning,” my mother said. “Shuey don’t forget to brush your teeth and get your shoes on.”

I stuffed in the last bite, then headed for my bedroom. Things went downhill from there. My shoes weren’t anywhere in sight. Frantically, I embarked on my search. I looked under pillows strewn on the floor (oops I forgot to make my bed), I looked in the closet (where they should be), I searched under my bed, and behind the door (oh, there’s my baseball glove.) My mother was not going to be happy. Quietly, I expanded my search to every room in the house.

“Okay, time to go. Shuey.” My mother hurried out of the kitchen. When she saw I was shoeless, she scowled. “Where are your shoes?”

“Uh, well,” I tried to think of something, anything, expect the truth.


Share this page with a friend. Fill in the information below, and we'll email your friend a link to this page on your behalf.

Your name
Your email address
You friend's name
Your friend's email address
Please type the characters you see in the image into the box provided.

Evolution vs. Revolution
Shoshana Friedman I call it the “what happened to my magazine?” response
Up, Up, and Away
Rabbi Moshe Grylak What a fraught subject Eretz Yisrael is, to this day
Where Do You Come From?
Yonoson Rosenblum Could they be IDF officers with no Jewish knowledge?
Heaven Help Us
Eytan Kobre Writing about anti-Semitism should rouse, not soothe
Work/Life Solutions with Chedva Kleinhandler
Moe Mernick “Failures are our compass to success”
An Un-Scientific Survey
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman Are Jerusalemites unfriendly? Not necessarily
Out of Anger
Jacob L. Freedman How Angry Lawyer was finally able to calm down
5 Things You Didn’t Know about…Yitzy Bald
Riki Goldstein He composed his first melody at eight years old
When the Floodgates of Song Open, You’re Never Too Old
Riki Goldstein Chazzan Pinchas Wolf was unknown until three years ago
Who Helped Advance These Popular Entertainers?
Riki Goldstein Unsung deeds that boosted performers into the limelight
Your Task? Ask
Faigy Peritzman A tangible legacy I want to pass on to my children
Are You There?
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Emotional withdrawal makes others feel lonely, abandoned
A Peace of a Whole
Rebbetzin Debbie Greenblatt Love shalom more than you love being right
Seminary Applications
Rabbi Zecharya Greenwald, as told to Ariella Schiller It’s just as hard for seminaries to reject you