KISLEV – TEVET 5776
from Conversation Pieces
THE PRINCE AND I
My brother, Phil, and I are both very devoted to our mother. Phil is a tax attorney and I am a guidance counselor. My children are grown, but it seems that my workload has increased thanks to my mother’s failing health. I understand that and was anticipating it. Nonetheless I am always taken aback by this ongoing conversation that I have had with my mother dozens of times:
MOM: I need a few things from the drug store. Can you get them on your way home?
ME: I have a meeting after school and then I have reports to write. And we thought we might go out for dinner. Can it wait another day?
MOM: The doctor says I should be using this ….
ME: Why don’t you ask Phil?
MOM: Oy, Phillie is so busy, and he works so hard. I hate asking him.