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Chavi Brody

“Clothing?! I’ve been wearing this outfit so often, the design is getting all rubbed out! And look, it barely fits!”

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

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iora, I’ve been meaning to ask you all morning, where did you buy that adorable outfit?” her best friend Goldy asked, during their lunch break at Beis Malka High School. My piece of cheese sandwich rested at the entrance to my esophagus as I waited intently for her reply. 
“You won’t believe this,” Liora giggled, “I was at Zara’s looking for skirts when I spotted this,” she said as her hand rested on the rich, green material overlaid with dark strips of leather. “I couldn’t resist. Mom simply said ‘why not?’ and added it to our collection.”

Some people get what they want when they want, I thought.

“Suri, why aren’t you eating?” Devora asked me.

“I’m not hungry.” And with all the stress in my life, it’s no wonder I wasn’t hungry.

At 5 p.m., our ninth-grade class was finally dismissed. As we waited for the bus, Goldy studied the fliers advertising Bais Rochel’s upcoming play.

“We can’t miss this one, can we?” she asked Liora rhetorically.

“No way! It’s supposed to be fabs!”

“Wow, they’re charging $50 this year!” Devora exclaimed.

“No big deal, it says you can use maaser money for it,” replied Goldy as she redid her pony.

Yeah, and what if you already used up your maaser for next five months? I don’t care how hard it is for Mom and Dad financially, this time they have to allow me to go! I never get to go anywhere special! 

“Suri, sweetie, I’m sorry but there’s no way we can afford any extras at the moment.”

“But Ma…”

“I know it’s hard, but setting aside money for plays right now is totally out of the question. You are aware that your older sister Chaya got married last year and Dovie’s bar mitzvah was three months ago?”

“But Ma, still…”

“Look, baruch Hashem we have food on the table and clothing to wear.”

“Clothing?! I’ve been wearing this outfit so often; the design is getting all rubbed out! And look, it barely fits!” I stood up angrily.

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