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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


“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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