Join The Conversation With Mishpacha's Weekly Newsletter



Madame Chamberlaine: What a Day!

Tzipie Wolner

School was starting tomorrow and there I was, lying in bed, and unable to fall asleep. I tried everything: counting sheep, saying Shema like 30 times, and even singing myself to sleep with every song I’d learned since kindergarten. No use. So I went downstairs where my mother and Madame Chamberlaine were chatting.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

I heard screaming and I opened my eyes to see Shuli all dressed in her school uniform, her hair brushed into a side ponytail, shrieking something.

“What?! Be quiet and lemme go back to sleep,” I mumbled.

Then it hit me that this was the first day of school!

I jumped and grabbed the alarm clock.

“SHULI! WHY DIDN’T YOU WAKE ME?! THE BUS WILL BE HERE IN FIVE MINUTES!”

“Four!” Shuli said as she ran to get her stuff.

I can’t remember ever getting ready so fast. Good thing I’d prepared my briefcase the night before. In four minutes flat, I was flying out the door to catch up to Shuli to make the bus. My mother shoved two cookies into my hands as I raced past her and boy, did I run.


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

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
 
What’s in a Name?
Shoshana Friedman “What does Writer X have to say this week?”
Atonement — Fake and Real
Yonoson Rosenblum White confessionals and faux rituals
Four Walls Coming Full Circle
Eytan Kobre All the while, there’s been a relationship in the offing...
And Yet We Smile
Yisroel Besser We are the nation that toils to be happy at all costs
Out of This World
Rabbi Henoch Plotnick Dirshu Hashem b’himatzo — we are in Hashem’s company now...
Steven and Jonathan Litton
Rachel Bachrach The co-owners of Litton Sukkah, based in Lawrence, NY
Tali Messing
Moe Mernick Tali Messing, engineering manager at Facebook Tel Aviv
Sick Note
Jacob L. Freedman “Of course, Dr. Freedman. Machul, machul, machul”
Avoiding Health Columns Can Be Good for You
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman Only one reliable guide for good health: our Torah
Endnote: Side Notes
Riki Goldstein Most Jewish music industry entertainers have side profes...
Me, Myself, and Why
Faigy Peritzman Where there’s no heart and no love, there’s no point
Can’t Do It Without You
Sarah Chana Radcliffe When you step up to the plate, you build your home team
Eternal Joy
Mrs. Elana Moskowitz The joy of Succos is the fruit of spiritual victory
The Appraiser: Part III
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP and Zivia Reischer Make sure your child knows his strengths
Hidden Special Needs
Rena Shechter You won’t see his special needs, but don’t deny them
Dear Wealthy Friend
Anonymous There’s no need for guilt. I am truly happy for you