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True Strength

Elky Pascal

Shrill, Shrill, Shrill. I reached over and hit the off button on my alarm clock. I pulled the blanket over my chin and rolled back over. No, I decided, I wasn’t going to school today. I simply had no strength to face it. My mother thought otherwise. Five minutes later she was in my room trying to pull the blankets off.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

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“Shiffy, dear,” she said in a voice that was way to cheerful for this unearthly hour of the morning. “The bus will be here in 15 minutes. Please! I don’t have time to drive you this morning. Get up. Okay?”

“Can I stay home?” I mumbled.

“But why? Are you feeling sick?” she asked.

I don’t lie. So I couldn’t say I was. At least I wasn’t physically sick. I was sick of school — or to be more precise I was sick of my friend Tzippy who would be in school.

“I just don’t want to go today.…” I said simply.

“I’m sorry dear, but that is not a valid reason to stay home.” My mother’s voice was firm. “I want you to get up and make it on time to the bus.”

With no other choice, I dragged myself out of bed and slowly got dressed. Of course I missed the bus, so Mommy had to drive me. She wasn’t thrilled, but secretly I was. At least I won’t see Tzippy on the bus this morning, I thought smugly.

 

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