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Dovid Sussman

It had been an exceptionally tranquil morning. The children were headed off to school after a minimum of conflicts, and the kitchen actually had some semblance of order. Leora breathed a sigh of relief as she began to clear the table. Then a bellow from upstairs made her stomach twist into a knot. “I can’t find my attaché case!”

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Michoel started for the door, then stopped and turned back to his wife. His face was ashen. “I just realized ... I forgot to pay the credit card bill.”

What seemed like a mundane pronouncement hit Leora like a ton of bricks. Her first reaction was rage that bubbled within her, threatening to take over her thoughts and wipe out any common sense she might have employed in formulating a reply. How much more would his carelessness cost them?

Leora suppressed a number of choice responses that came to mind and asked weakly, “When was it due?”

“Last week ... I think.” Michoel avoided her gaze.

Leora sighed. Her husband worked hard. She also worked hard. Their finances were tight. But there was no use lamenting the inevitable. “All right,” she said quietly. “I’ll try to find it on your desk today.”

 

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