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No Horsing Around

Rachel Stein

“Please, Ma?” Shalom turned his big blue eyes on his mother with a pleading expression. “It’s nonsense.” Mommy was firm, while Shalom fingered the shirt longingly. “Do you really think we should pay an extra $15 for the exact same shirt because it has a little horse on the upper right-hand corner?”

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

“Now this looks like a nice shirt,” Mommy said approvingly, putting several white oxfords into their cart. “Good quality, and the price is right. Now let’s find some pants.”

Shalom shrugged. He wondered if he should wear a mask to school on his first day. His family had just moved, and tomorrow would be his first day in a new school. When he went to shul last night, he noticed that all the other guys his age were wearing clothing with designer labels, and he felt totally embarrassed to walk in with such plain, simple clothes.

Maybe I can come down with a sudden virus. I can bring on a sneezing attack by smelling some pepper, and take a really hot bath to hike up my temperature. I wonder if Mommy will go for it.

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