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September 07, 2008


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Renee Kaplan

Dear Darryle,
As I sit here with a knot in my stomach, I feel I must respond to your blog today On My Mother's Birthday.
I recall the last time I was in your childhood house was when I paid a condolence call with my mother to you and your family.
I remember that evening very clearly; selfish feelings of my fear to visit you because this was the first time I had to pay my respects for someone who died. I was truly terrified. Probably just immature.
I remember thinking how awful it is for you being only in college and now not having your mother. Like: what will you do, and how will your relationships change with your father and sister and brother?
By that time, you and I were not the best of friends like we were at Nautilus, but I do remember that difficult time.
And to add on, I do remember you mother who was absolutely beautiful. Friday night sleep overs became a so special because I must admit your family, particularly your mother, made the absolute best Shabbot dinners.
I have fond memories of us at Temple Emanuel, sitting in the teenage balcony section on High Holidays, attending confirmation and eating those jelly doughnuts, and running to catch the temple bus after school at Nautilus (remember Jerry, the bus chaperone)?
Back to your Shabbot dinners - I recall the blessings, the wine, your father cutting the challah, your dining room table.
I do remember your mother; she, in a way, is engraved as a little part of my Jewish heritage and our teenage friendship.
These are sweet memories for me, and now I am smiling.


Very touching ...

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