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Out of the Box

Y. Bromberg

“Can I dream for a minute here? I wish the kids in our school were obsessed with something I’m good at,” I complained to my best friend Avi. We were walking through our school hallway where kids were twisting the rows on colorful boxes. “Each year there’s a shtick in school, like cards, kugelach, or basketball sneakers. Now everyone’s playing with—” “Rubik’s Cubes,” Avi finished. “Don’t sweat it, Chaim. Truthfully, I can’t do it either.”

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

“Hey!” a freckled third-grader shouted at me. He was proudly holding up his Rubik’s Cube. “One minute and 30 seconds!” “Amazing.” I forced a smile as we strode by and entered the lunchroom. I sniffed appreciatively. “Ahhh, pizza; there’s an obsession I can appreciate. Watch me demolish three slices in one minute and 20 seconds!” We sat down and began eating. Suddenly, I felt a tug on my shirt. It was the third-grader again. “I think I’ll sit here,” he announced cheerfully, sitting down. “My name’s Tuvia,” he added. He pulled out his Rubik’s Cube and I watched him twisting and turning from the corner of my eye. I’m terrible at puzzles, no matter how easy they are. 

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