by Elaine Kalman Naves

Tears

A Yom Kippur story

A CHICKEN SIMMERS IN JULIA’S SOUP POT, THE FIRST KOSHER CHICKEN SHE HAS . EVER COOKED, THOUGH SHE IS NOT NEW TO COOKING. JULIA, HER EYES ON THE CLOCK, HER MIND ELSEWHERE, LIFTS LIDS OFF POTS CROWDING THE STOVE. VAPORS OF HONEYED CARROTS AND TOMATO SAUCE AND PARSLEYED POTATOES RISE IN HER FACE. SHE RE-COVERS THE POTS, GLANCES AT HER WRISTWATCH. 4:25: DID SHE REMIND

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