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The Fears that Bind Us

Bracha Rosman

I’ve always had this thing. I often wonder if other kids my age have this thing as well. I mean, I can’t be the only teenager with it, can I? But then again, I never really discuss this thing with anybody except for my best friend, so maybe other kids really do have this thing, they just don’t discuss it with me, like I don’t discuss it with them. Whatever. You’re probably wondering what this thing is. On the other hand, maybe you don’t need me to tell you at all. Maybe you secretly have this thing too.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

“Did the mail come?”

My mother shook her head.

 Great, safe for another day.

“I spoke to Mrs. Leiber,” my mother said. “She told me Goldie got her acceptance letter this morning. She should be finding out the good news just about now.”

The phone rang as if on cue. “Hello,” I said.

“Giiiilaaaa!” Goldie shrieked. “I got in.”

“Mazel tov!” I shrieked back trying to sound excited for my best friend.

“I’m so excited. This is the best day of my life.”

Goldie told me she felt like dancing. She said she felt like singing.

I, however, felt nauseous. Any mention of acceptance letters to seminary generally had this effect on me. Have you figured out what this thing that I have is yet? Don’t fret, you will in just a few seconds.

 

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