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Hanukkah Presents

It was SO hard to choose.
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We spent weeks practicing for the Christmas performance.

Each of us got a different wooden block with a metal bar on top of it. There was a big color dot on the side.
Christmas Music1The teacher had a chart with colored dots on it.
Christmas Music2When she pointed to the color of your block, you hit the bar with a little stick with a ball on the end of it, and it played a note. When we all hit our notes at the right time, we played “Jingle Bells,” “We Wish you a Merry Christmas,” “Silent Night” and “Frosty the Snowman.”
Christmas Music4We were good. Even I got it right most of the time. My dot was blue, my favorite color.
Christmas Music3The day of the performance came and our parents filed into the room and took their seats.
Christmas Music5Mom and Dad were there right in front. And I was in the front row of our band.
Christmas Music6I showed them my blue dot. Mom smiled. The music started.
Christmas Music7I waved at Dad. He smiled back.

Then, all a sudden, the music stopped. I heard the teacher clear her throat. Hrrmph.
Christmas Music8Mom wasn’t smiling anymore. She was pointing at the teacher. I looked over. The teacher was looking at me. And pointing at my dot.
Christmas Music9Uh-oh.

I had missed my turn. I banged on the bar with my stick. I did it about ten times, which wasn’t on the chart, but I figured I had to make up for not paying attention.
Christmas Music10The teacher said, Why don’t we start over? Eddie, are you with us this time?
Christmas Music11I wanted to disappear. I wanted to become invisible. I wanted a big hole to open up and swallow me. But it didn’t happen. Instead we started playing “Jingle Bells” again.
Christmas Music12I was sure everyone was watching me. I was sweating and my hands were shaking but his time I did it right.
Christmas Music13Mom and Dad left in a hurry as soon as the concert was over.

Hanukkah8

Hanukkah Presents

It was SO hard to choose.
Clip

Book And Cover

I'm done telling this story, but the site will live on. Check out my (mostly satirical) commentary about the election and other matters at EdSteinInk.com! -- Ed

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