Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Trained Well

My niece is toilet trained, but is used to her cute, toddler-sized potty, and not the regular sized ones outside her home.
At the shul, her mother was helping her, and watching in the bathroom.
My niece says, "Mommy, if somebody falls into the toilet, we don't flush it, right?"

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

How's my driving?

In class the other week, I called over each student, to discuss his progress, hopes for improvement...

Before I started to talk about what I wanted to bring up, I asked each boy first, if there was anything he wanted to talk about.
"How are the classes going? Is there something that you want me to change, or make better?" I asked young Yanky (name changed in case he reads this blog).
"No, don't worry. You're doing great."
"Well, thanks a lot!"
How's that for a pat on the back? 11-year-olds say the cutest things.

Friday, February 17, 2012


I once went to my newly married friend's apartment, for a farbrengen he was hosting.
When I had to leave, he told me, "Yossi, this shouldn't be the first time you're here!"
"Well, "I started to say, "it is..." I regretfully informed him.
"Oh, wait a sec," my friend said.
"You mean, this shouldn't be my last?" I offered.
"Yeah, that's it!"

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Questions and Answers

When I was dating, my shadchan asked me to call her if I felt I was going to propose.
Baruch Hashem, that time came, and I called her up, wondering what she wanted to tell me.
She asked me, "So, how are you going to do it?"
That was a funny question, I thought.
"Um...by phrasing it in the form of a question?"

A woman called me to speak as a reference about a friend of mine. To protect identities, let's call him Yanky.
She wanted to know a little bit more about his personality, and how his friends viewed him.
She asked me, "What's the first thing that comes to mind, when Yanky enters a room?"
"What do I think when he comes in?" I repeated the question, making sure I understood. I took this question seriously, and conceptualized what I think about as I see him enter. I came up with my answer, and told her, "I think: Hey. Here's Yanky!"