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As told to Elky Pascal

The large crowd of girls in the hallway kept growing as the seniors inched their way closer to read the posted sign with the senior jobs. We had all been waiting for years and couldn’t wait to finally see what our senior jobs would be. Secretly I had been hoping to be one of the chesed heads, which was considered to be one of the “best jobs” for the “best girls.” After all, I had worked very hard throughout my high school years maintaining excellent grades, and staying friendly with all my classmates.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

I finally pushed my way forward and read the sign. My eyes drifted upward to the very first category: chesed heads. There were six names in that category. I read the sign. My name was not there. It can’t be, I thought, my name has got to be here. I looked again almost hoping that my name would magically appear, but it didn’t.

I glanced back at the sign and noticed that my name was under the “editor of the yearbook” heading. I was not a chesed head.

What a nerdy job, I thought. I can’t believe it! All my hard work over the years and this is what I get? I am going to be the editor of the yearbook?

I then quickly realized that I had better escape before my tears broke through. I began walking quickly to the bathroom, but my friend Leah’le stopped me in my tracks.

“Hey, Ruchy,” she said, “what’s your job?”

“Editor,” I mumbled as I walked on.

No wonder she looks so smug with herself, I thought, she is one of the chesed heads. I finally arrived in the bathroom and burst into tears.

Why didn’t I get one of the “good jobs”? I sobbed. Why did they give them to all my friends and not to me?


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