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Best Friends Forever: A Different Dinner

Sara Miriam Gross

“It’s that time of year again,” Mrs. Bernstein said as she perused the weekly newspaper. “The winter?” Chavi asked as she picked the mushrooms out of her vegetable soup. “Fundraising tea party, luncheon, dinner, and Chinese auction season,” her mother answered. “After the summer and the Yamim Tovim, people start collecting tzedakah to keep the schools and organizations running all year long.”

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

“You don’t go to many of those parties,” Chavi commented.

“I’m not so comfortable at those fancy events,” her mother responded. “I can never figure out which fork to use. But we do send checks whenever we can. Look, here’s a reminder about the dinner that the Gold family is hosting tonight. They’re collecting for the special-ed school, Wings to Fly.”

“Oh no!” Chavi shouted as she jumped to her feet and knocked the salt shaker right into her soup. “I’m supposed to be there now. I promised to help set up and serve for that dinner.”

“Did you?” her mother said. “Well, the soup’s too salty for you to eat by now anyway, so just go. I’m sure they’ll appreciate the help. There’s bound to be a crowd at any event the Golds host.”

Chavi gave her mom a thank-you-for-understanding hug, threw on her jacket and headed out the door. Minutes later, huffing and puffing, she arrived at Devorah’s door. Before she could bring the doorknocker down for a second bang, Devorah peeked out and pulled Chavi inside by her sleeve.


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