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Genre: Historical Fiction
Word Count: 100
A SHOT IN THE DARK
Dora never took “no” for an answer. As a wife and a balabusta extraordinaire, she kept her Bronx apartment in immaculate order. With her children she was a rough taskmaster.
She doted on her eldest son, a docile, studious boy. “Always your head’s in a book—destined for greatness.”
She kvelled when he exceeded even her expectations.
After his City College graduation with a Bachelor of Chemistry degree, he informed her he had set his sights on law school.
“Lawyers are a dime a dozen, Jonas,” said Dora Salk. “Go to medical school. The world will thank you for it.”
balabusta – homemaker
kvell – burst with pride, to boast (What? You never kvelled over your kids? Say it isn’t so. 😉 )
*Remember Polio? If you don’t, Jonas Salk is the man to thank. I, for one, am grateful for those times I had to be dragged, kicking and screaming, into Dr. Cohen’s office for polio shots. A stick in the arm beats Infantile Paralysis any day of the week. 😉