Chapter 31

Chapter 31

My father knocked on my door the next night. He had never come to my home by himself before. “The beard…you’re making my beard white. A daughter like that, I wish such pain to no parents.” Seth unpacked the pots and pans cabinet. My father offered him a red lollipop. I was always intimidated by my powerful father. I always wanted to impress him, to show him I was smart, but he wasn’t impressed by women with wits. “Freidy. Mammi and I won’t stand for what you are doing. You should know outright, if you run away, we are not going to support you.” “Tatti! I’m not running!” “Yeah, yeah. Don’t tell me stories. I know what’s going on. I will tell… I will tell you....” He choked up. “We are not...we are not going to stand for it.” Was he crying? What was going on here? Was he threatening me? I covered my face. He regained his voice. “I’m going to tell youthe Committee on Modesty called me. They know you have a computer at home, and they said the first thing they want is the computer. You hear me? Freidy, you hear me? You need to take that treif device and get rid of it first and foremost. “ “But we have thousands of pictures on it!” “Print them. A computer shouldn’t be in a Yiddishe home.” “Yossef Mendel would never agree.” “Your husband isn’t such a big saint, and now that he got everyone involved, they are going to make sure he is done with the shenanigans too. But at least he is willing. He isn’t, God forbid, a kofer, an apostate!”
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