Join The Conversation With Mishpacha's Weekly Newsletter

Jolly Solly: Growing Pains

R. Atkins

Since Shimmy had started going to Morah, Yoni was the only child left at home in the mornings. How unfair!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

 Mishpacha image

Photo: Shutterstock


unny Lanewas a busy place in the mornings. Vans honked impatiently and cars pulled away in a hurry, while on the sidewalk a steady stream of children marched briskly by on their way to school.

Leah Morris was usually the first to leave, as she had a long walk to sem. Chavi, whose school was a little closer, was normally next to go, hurrying along to the corner to meet her friend. Then it was the turn of Moishy Morris and Raffi Rabinowitz, both of whom used the same van. The last of the bigger kids to leave were usually Fishel and Faivish Friedman, who would come racing frantically out of their house as their van driver gave one final, exasperated honk and threatened to leave them behind. There was always a scuffle as each tried to climb onto the van first.

After that there would be a lull, and then came the younger children: Miriam Morris walking with Mommy around the corner to Morah Shulamis, chatting nineteen to the dozen; and Shimmy Rabinowitz, trotting along with his father to a different morah, after waving goodbye to his baby brother Yoni. Shimmy had just started going to Morah for the first time a few days ago, and still felt very big and grand.

Then suddenly the road would turn quiet. This was Mr. Krankowitz’s cue to heave a sigh of relief and come out to check on his prized rose bushes, grumbling under his breath about how all the noise wasn’t doing them any good.

This was also when Yoni Rabinowitz would start following his mother around as she got to work in the kitchen, babbling away in baby language. 


“Gorrah, gorrah!” he would chirp cheerfully.

“Yes, dear,” Mommy would reply in a friendly manner as she washed the breakfast dishes. “Gorrah gorrah to you too.”

But this morning things were different. Yoni had suddenly come to a realization — and it wasn’t a pleasant one. It had suddenly struck him that, since Shimmy had started going to Morah, he was the only child left at home in the mornings. How unfair!

Related Stories

Curious Jr.: Meet a Private Investigator

Danielle Sarah Storch

Detectives and private investigators aren’t just fictional characters. Private investigator David J....

Paper or Plastic?

B. Deer

Take a look at the room around you. What are most objects made from? How many items are made from pl...

Ask the Expert: How to Care for Your Hair

Leah Reisman

With so many days of Yom Tov this time of the year, how can I style my hair nicely so that it will l...

Share this page with a friend. Fill in the information below, and we'll email your friend a link to this page on your behalf.

Your name
Your email address
You friend's name
Your friend's email address
Please type the characters you see in the image into the box provided.

Using Our Free Will Effectively
Yonoson Rosenblum The image we carry of ourselves is key
Eytan Kobre The ripple effects of one Jew’s kiddush Sheim Shamayim
Living the High Life
Rabbi Avrohom Neuberger It is exhilarating to matter, to be truly alive
It’s Time for Us to Speak Up
Rabbi Dovid Eliezrie We must speak out proudly for the values of Yiddishkeit
Kiruv Is Not Dead
Rabbi Meir Goldberg Do these sound like uninspired or closed students?
Frosting on the Cake
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman “Let’s not let a missing chocolate cake ruin our siyum!”
A Warm Corner in Flatbush
Yosef Zoimen It was a simple shul with a choshuve leader
Out of Control
Jacob L. Freedman “That’s illegal, Dr. Fine. I can’t have a part in this”
Song of Reckoning in the Skulener Court
Riki Goldstein “It’s awe-inspiring to watch the Rebbe sing this song”
“U’teshuvah, U’tefillah, U’tzedakah”
Riki Goldstein Throughout the Yamim Noraim, three words accompany us
The Rebbe Held His Gaze
Riki Goldstein A moment etched in Reb Dovid Werdyger’s memory forever
The Road Taken
Faigy Peritzman In the end it’s clear who really merits true happiness
Sincere Apology
Sarah Chana Radcliffe A heartfelt and complete apology can turn things around
Power Pack of Mercy
Mrs. Shani Mendlowitz The 13 Attributes of Mercy are “an infinite treasure”
The Appraiser: Part II
D. Himy M.S. CCC-SLP, and Zivia Reischer “Eli needs to see people who struggled to achieve”