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“Mali!” Chani stood at the open door, gaping at her sister in such shock that Mali started laughing.
“What’s the matter, Chani? Aren’t you going to let me in?”
“Of course I’ll let you in!” Chani moved aside, and Mali stepped into the tiny hallway of the apartment. Immediately, she dashed right over to little Bracha’s cradle.
“I haven’t seen her in so long!” she exclaimed as she picked Bracha up. The baby burst into wails of protest.
“Hey!” Mali pretended to be offended—or perhaps it was genuine. “Are you crying because your aunt picked you up?!”
“If her aunt would come by a little more often, she would recognize her and wouldn’t cry when you pick her up,” Chani said as she patted Mali’s shoulder and took her baby with the other hand. “So, maybe you can clue me in on why we have the privilege of a visit? I don’t think you’ve been here since Bracha was three weeks old.”
“We had a photography project at the National Park,” Mali said, stroking her niece’s cheek. Bracha was now studying her with big eyes. “I decided that if’ I’m so close to Bnei Brak already, why shouldn’t I pop in for a visit?”
“Great!” Chani smiled and walked over to the counter. “So tell me, how are you doing?”Read the rest of this entry »