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Two is Better than One

Ruchama Cohen

“Can I help you?” the saleslady at Charmingly Charmed asked. I twirled the jewelry stand, shaking the charm bracelets around and around. “I’m just looking,” I said. “I like that one,” Penina said. She pointed to a purple bracelet with sparkly heart charms. “I like all of them,” I said. “But I’ll be happy with even one teensy-weensy one.” Just about every girl in my class has a charm bracelet. Everyone, that is, besides me.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The only thing is that my mother doesn’t just hand out presents.

“Earn it or buy it,” she says.

All I have left of my Chanukah and birthday money, together, is one $1.28. I spent the rest on what my sister, Shira, thinks is way too much chocolate, but what I think is the perfect amount. And I might be terrible at math, but even I know I need a lot more money to buy a charm bracelet that costs $21.60 plus tax. Money I don’t have!

“Why don’t you borrow from your sister?” Penina asked.

“Ha!” I laughed. “Shira thinks I’m irresponsible and Leah already spent all of her money on books.”

We pushed open the door of Charmingly Charmed and went outside.

We started walking home, when suddenly Penina snapped her fingers. “You know what you need?” she said.

“A charm bracelet?” I asked.

“No, funny,” Penina said. “You need a job. Because a job means money and money means … ”

“A charm bracelet!” I said. “Penina, you’re the smartest friend in the whole wide world.” I twirled around right there on the street and then I stopped.

“Where do I find a job?” I asked.


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