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Double Detour

Rachel Stein

“Good morning,” Mommy called cheerfully as she walked into the children’s room. In record speed, Chavie, Avrami, and Shiri Brimm were up and scurrying, eager to start their trip. That’s funny, Mrs. Brimm mused, making her way toward the kitchen to prepare breakfast and snacks for the trip. On school days, I sometimes feel like a human alarm clock as I try to wake each child up, again and again. But today, no one needed a second call.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

They were going to Zeide’s 85th birthday party, and the whole family would be there. The kids were excited to see their cousins, and Mr. and Mrs. Brimm were excited to see their brothers and sisters. In a little over an hour, everyone was dressed and ready to go. Spirits high, the family climbed into their wintergreen minivan and were on their way.

“How many hours will it take?” Shiri wanted to know.

“Four, im yirtzeh Hashem,” Mommy replied, as they coasted down their street and pulled onto the main road. When they left the city limits, Mommy said Tefillas Haderech and everyone said amen.

Two hours of smooth driving passed. Chavie and Avrami were in the middle of a word game, and Shiri was pointing out the window at grazing horses and cows, when suddenly they heard Tatty say, “Uh-oh.”

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