HOUSE OF JACOB

Published March 2, 2020 by rochellewisoff

Today Pegman journeys to the port of Hadera, Israel. As always, walk around until you find something that inspires you to write up to 150 words, then share it with the other contributors. Remember that reading and commenting on the other stories is part of the fun.

Contributions have again been declining, so Pegman may go into retirement soon. I’d encourage you to show your support for this prompt. Thanks.

I’ve been a Pegman MIA for a while. Too many challenges lately, including the writing of a novel in progress.  I understand that facilitating a blog challenge is can be daunting. Participation and reciprocation are the key to success. On that note, I apologize for not being more faithful. With the location being in Israel, how could I not show up?

Thank you for your diligence, Josh and Karen

 

Genre: Historical Fiction for Women’s History Month 😉

Word Count: 150

HOUSE OF JACOB

Hannah gazed at the chubby infant in the crook of her arm. After hours of torturous labor, she was weary, yet too excited to sleep. She studied the baby’s perfectly formed hands and paper-thin fingernails. “I was so sure the Almighty would give me a son.”

            The baby opened her eyes and formed an ‘o’ with her lips as if trying to answer.

            “On this day in 1891, our Moshavah Hadera welcomes another soul. A new life in a new village.”  Full cheeks glowing with perspiration and joy, the midwife lifted the newborn from Hannah’s arms. “What will you be when you grow up? A teacher, maybe? A doctor perhaps?” The child whimpered and sucked her fist. “For now, a hungry girl.”  

            Hannah held the child to her breast. “Do you regret not having your own children?”           

            “I’ve helped birth hundreds of children.” Olga Hankin laughed. “They’re all my own.”  

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Herzl Street

24 comments on “HOUSE OF JACOB

  • Ah, I ‘know’ the “Hertzel streets” (Eucalyptus trees to help dry the swamps and all) in that area. Grew up with a whole row of those trees not far from my own house, where they were meant to serve a somewhat similar goal.

    Great depiction of a once-again-silenced-by-history woman. You do sacred work, my friend!
    Na’ama

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  • Totally fabulous – from the photographs of Olga to the lovely snapshot of mother and baby. Love the descriptions of that baby, the fist in the mouth and the little O mouth. Just perfect, Rochelle. Thank you for sharing Olga’s story in such a touching and beautiful way

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