Join The Conversation With Mishpacha's Weekly Newsletter



Along for the Ride

Chany Rosengarten

Some people think we have our white van because we travel a lot. That’s their mistake, because aside from carpool, my mother avoids driving us like she avoids cottage cheese. She usually leaves us home and calls Nina. Nina is the babysitter worth staying awake for.

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

car vav

Nina teaches us games. Like I Spy and Cops and Robbers. Those are the basics she started off with. But with Nina, it isn’t just Cops and Robbers. We become midnight burglars in a silent, dark room and she plays the role of a determined local policeman. When we play I Spy, we don’t just spy red and lavender. We spy something that smells of fried goldfish mixed with vinegar.

You get the picture. By the time Nina wants us tucked in bed, under our blankets, we’re hoarse from laughter and drop into a sleep where smiles drip-drop on our faces until the dreams arrive.

Nina couldn’t believe my mother never drives us anywhere.

“You have this fancy van and you only use it in the morning to get to school?” she asked, her eyes and mouth round. We looked up to her tall face and to my mommy’s, silently backing Nina and praying for a miracle.

“My kids don’t like to travel. One of them gets carsick. The other one cries, the third one just wants to go home.” Mommy stretched out her hands in an elaborate shrug, as if to say, “What can I do about it?”

“You can take me along. I’ll watch them. You’ll drive,” Nina said simply. 

 

 To read the rest of this story, please buy this issue of Mishpacha. To sign up for a weekly subscription click here.

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.
CAPTCHA
Message


MM217
 
No Misunderstandings
Rabbi Moshe Grylak Hashem revealed the secret of a balanced life
What Was the Court’s Rush?
Yonoson Rosenblum The Democratic Party’s descent into madness
Survey? Oy Vey
Eytan Kobre How could YAFFED promote such a farce?
Filling the Void
Rabbi Henoch Plotnik Jewish leaders don’t need to be declared or coronated
Top 5 Ways We Remember Our Rebbeim (and we love them for it!)
Rabbi Dovid Bashevkin An ode to these pivotal people in my life
Hanging On in Newark
Rabbi Nosson Scherman Rabbi Nosson Scherman remembers the shul of his youth
A Fine Kettle of Fish
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman The “minor” chasadim are often the most meaningful
The Next Hill
Jacob L. Freedman The look on Malachi’s face nearly broke my heart
Tradition and Modern Meet in One Long Dance
Riki Goldstein Fusing tradition and modernity comes naturally to him
A Playlist for Shabbos
Riki Goldstein What does Moshy Kraus sing at the Shabbos table?
With Flying Colors
Riki Goldstein My 15 seconds of fame on the Carnegie Hall stage
Full Faith
Faigy Peritzman With emunah, everyone’s obligation is the same
Speechless
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Silence isn’t always golden
The Only One
With Rav Moshe Wolfson, written by Baila Vorhand Within every Jew is the flame of instinctive emunah