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A Whistle in Time

Shayna

Slap, tap, slap, tap. The jump rope’s rhythmic beat blended with shouts and laughter as the sixth- and seventh-graders spent recess in the yard. Hudis stood alone, watching the machanayim game with the other girls who were “out,” wishing she was “in.”

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

There I go again, she thought. Why can’t I be brave? It would be a lot easier to be good at sports if she wasn’t always afraid of falling on her face or breaking something. So what if she wasn’t the queen of the machnayim court or of the classroom?! She was special too, as her parents always reminded her, but what did it help if nobody in her class thought so?

The “in” girls formed their own group on the gray pavement. Loud laughter broke from among them and Hudis moved closer to hear what was being said. “Huuudis!” Hudis shrunk back when she heard Leah Lemmel singing out her name. The group fell silent.

“Trying out for school crossing guard?” Leah taunted.

“What? No!”

“So why are you wearing that dumb whistle around your neck?” Leah finished, bursting into scornful laughter. All the girls quickly joined in.

 

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