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Mrs. Faigelbaum had little interest in wild rock doves, or the bird family columbidae for that matter, but she tried to look suitably impressed

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

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Mr. Faigelbaum was very busy indeed. He’d received information that a pair of rare wild rock doves had been spotted nesting above a cave, in an area about an hour’s drive away. He was determined to see this fascinating sight for himself. He was adjusting his binoculars, and packing various other bits of equipment for the trip, when suddenly his cell phone rang. 

There was some unfortunate news. Mr. Faigelbaum’s assistant reported that he had hurt his leg, and would be unable to accompany him as planned. Mr. Faigelbaum wished him a polite refuah shleimah and hung up, looking stricken. 

“What’s wrong?” asked his wife. 

“My assistant can’t come along today. I think I’ll have to postpone the trip. It’s essential I have another pair of hands, to write notes and help me with my equipment,” he declared. 

“Why don’t I come with you instead?” Mrs. Faigelbaum heard herself say, much to her own surprise. “Efraim can come along in the stroller, and I’ll be your assistant for the day.” 

Mr. Faigelbaum’s face lit up. 

“Really? You’re prepared to do that? That would be amazing. And just imagine, you’ll have the rare opportunity to see a pair of wild rock doves up close, one of the most fascinating creatures in the bird family columbidae!”

Mrs. Faigelbaum had little interest in wild rock doves, or the bird family columbidae for that matter, but she tried to look suitably impressed. 

She got to work packing food and drink for the trip. And then they were off. 

Mr. and Mrs. Faigelbaum smiled at each other as they drove along, with Efraim gurgling happily in the back of the car. Unfortunately, the peaceful atmosphere lasted all of three minutes, before Efraim decided he’d had enough of sitting in one place. He started pulling at the straps of his car seat and trying to escape. 

“Stop that!” his mother instructed firmly. “You know you must sit in your car seat. It’s the law.” 

But Efraim didn’t give a hoot about any laws. Mrs Faigelbaum blew bubbles and waved rattles to try and distract him, but it was no use. Mr Faigelbaum drove as fast as he could, trying to reach their destination as soon as possible. Finally, they arrived. Mrs. Faigelbaum released the frustrated little boy from his car seat and put him into his stroller. But Efraim was having none of that. What, put up with yet another restraint? The lively little fellow wanted to run, skip, and jump — and there were wide open spaces all around just begging to be explored. 

Efraim protested by screeching loudly at the top of his voice. The peaceful atmosphere around them was ruined. A pair of disgruntled birds rose into the air with a flurry and flew off, before Mr. Faigelbaum could even make out if they were the rare wild rock doves he’d come to see. (Excerpted from Mishpacha Jr., Issue 668)

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