“Mom! Eemah! Where’s the tree out back?” Elijah was calling from the back door of the thin two story row house. “I wanted to show Carol.”
Mom, Lexi, called back to Elijah from her study on the second floor, “Oh, uh, we cut it down a few years back. Sorry love.”
“Why’d you go and do that? I loved that tree” Elijah took a step into the house and towards the bottom of the stairs.
Lexi exited her study and walked to the top of the stairs so she didn’t have to yell anymore, “It just needed to come down honey. You know how these things are. Now, no making a fuss. You can still show Carol the neighborhood.” Lexi looked around, “Where is she?”
“Oh, I’m just in the kitchen! Don’t mind me. Grabbing a juice from the fridge.”
“Don’t let her eat any of the hamantashen, Eemah made them earlier today.”
“They for tomorrow?”
“Yeah, guests are coming over.”
Carol walked into view, holding a half eaten triangular shaped cookie. “Hi Mrs. Breitman!” She took another bite while Lexi motioned to Elijah incredulously and Elijah shrugged.
“Well, I wish you would have told me, mom. I would have liked to have said goodbye.” Elijah looked down, turned around, and walked with his fiancée to the back door.