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Here We Are Again

Sunday, 17 October 2010

I was so angry with you. Like an interloper, you appeared and whisked her away. My vivacious, regal, beautiful aunt. It was one thing when you just came by the house. And I loved wearing such a beautiful dress and being a flower girl in your wedding. And I even understood that the two of you were going away on a special wedding trip to Mexico.

But she didn’t come home after that. “She has a new home now,” they told me, “with your new Uncle.”

“I don’t need a new Uncle. I’m fine with my other Uncles.”

But it was clear, even to a young girl of six, that you made my sweet aunt so happy. And, in time, it was hard to remember when you weren’t a part of the family.

I still remember the last time that we played “Hearts.” It was the Summr of ’81. It was the last time because I shot the moon and those twenty-six penalty points were enough to send you right over the edge, into “Hearts” oblivion. You were always a very serious game player and being soundly whooped by a ten-year-old was a serious afront. It was Beginner’s Luck…it really was.

I was wrong. It turns out that I did need another Uncle.

Baruch dayan HaEmet — Blessed is the Eternal Judge.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Amitzah permalink
    Sunday, 17 October 2010 5:18 pm

    Thank you for sharing this memory.

  2. Sunday, 17 October 2010 5:48 pm

    Baruch Dayan Emet, sorry for your loss.

    BTW, when I play Hearts I always try to shoot the moon. I attribute it to a similar experience to the one you mentioned. Did it once as a little boy and keep trying to do it again.

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  4. Sunday, 17 October 2010 7:30 pm

    So sorry for your loss.

    May G-d console you with all who mourn in Zion and Jerusalem.

  5. Shellie Halprin permalink
    Sunday, 17 October 2010 10:03 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about your uncle. This week will undoubtably be bittersweet. This is such a great memory…Danny shot the moon less than a month ago and blew all the other Halprins away.

  6. Sunday, 17 October 2010 10:47 pm

    This is a beautiful tribute.
    Baruch Dayan Emet.

  7. Monday, 18 October 2010 5:11 am

    Holding you and your family close and sending you hugs as you deal with this loss. May God grant you strength, courage and healing at this difficult time.

  8. Frume Sarah permalink*
    Sunday, 7 November 2010 6:06 pm

    Thanks, everyone, for your kind and thoughtful words.

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