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Steps in the Right Direction

Rachel Stein

One sunny fall afternoon, a large, cream-colored envelope arrived in the Newmans’ mailbox. “Oh, look! It’s Sruli’s wedding invitation,” Tatty said, opening it eagerly. Tatty had only one brother, and Sruli, his oldest child, was getting married. “It would be so much fun to go,” Shalom remarked wistfully. “We haven’t seen their family in so long.”

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Mommy and Tatty exchanged smiles, and Tatty turned to Shalom.

“Shalom, we can’t all go to the wedding. Plane tickets are expensive, and Mommy’s not ready to travel with the new baby yet. But Mommy and I thought that since you have a birthday coming up, it might be nice for the two of us to go together.”

“Wow!” Shalom whooped, jumping up with excitement. “That’s amazing! When are we going? Should I start packing? How long are we staying?”

For the next six weeks, all Shalom could talk about was his upcoming trip. He dreamed about it, talked about it, packed his suitcase, and repacked. With a black Sharpie, he marked off each passing day on the calendar. At long last, the big day arrived. Amid a flurry of hugs and good wishes, Tatty and Shalom headed for the airport.

 

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