Meyer Yale was the four year old friend of Benjy. He was a year or two older than the Abner boy. A tough little kid he was, with a mind of his own. Meyer Yale belonged to the Ben Dovids. For the longest time no one knew what his real name was since it sounded just like Marryyayo. His mother would yell Marryyayo up and down the street because this boy could rarely be found. He and Benjy would stray away and play in fairly far away places.

Sandy too was a little friend of Benjy.  Droozy would often have to go and find her little brother, especially at dinner time when he was to be at home with his family.

One time Marryyayo came home with Benjy to eat the fresh baked cheesecake that Mrs. Abner had baked for the Schabbat. When he came near Mrs. A. he shouted out, “Mrs. Abner, you stink like a skunk!” Droozy’s mother was very embarrassed and ashamed.  Although she was a very clean lady, she did not have money to buy deodorant.

Sandy also upset Mrs. Abner. One day when the two boys were playing, four-year-old Sandy and two-year-old Benjy everything seemed too quiet to be real. They played peacefully together with Sandy’s toys for a long time. Suddenly a loud piercing, frightful scream was heard coming from the living room. Mrs. Abner investigated the situation and found Benjy sitting on the floor with blood streaming from his forehead. Sandy had hit his little friend on the head with a big toy truck. Sandy did not feel sorry in the least bit. He turned to Droozy and Benjy’s mother and, pointing to little Benjamin, said, “Mrs. Abner, he started it.” To Sandy that made everything ok! Perhaps Benjy learned a hard lesson: That you don’t start fights, especially not with someone older and bigger than yourself!

Pork Dumplings
Please Don't Eat the Goldfish
Pretty Shoes
Blueberry Cake
The Garden
The Red Rabbit
The Lost Bathing Tickets
What Shall I Do?  The Double Message
Pieces of Gold
Aromas of the Sabbath
The Birth of a Brother
Green Apples
Herr Kübler
The Broken Leg
Boarding School
The American Calendar
Suse Puppe
Shirley Temple Eyes
Kristallnacht Nov. 9, 10, 11
Aunt (Tante) Mathilde
Ice Skates
The Cologne Cathedral
The Escape
A Belgian Holiday
Gas Balloons and the S. S. Washington
The Statue
A Bad Dream
A Pencil Thief
The West Virginia Hills
Ice Cream, Grieben and Baked Spaghetti
The Gypsy’s Song
Venetian Blinds
The Deaf One
Dimmed Lights
Norma Mae
The Spelling Bee
Run, Thief, Run!
The Candy Store
The Birthday Party
Deep, Shallow Waters
Red Riding Hood
Small Mama
Droozy In Love
Eskimo Pies
Apple Picking Time
Working Days
Easter Baskets
Blind Joe
Lessons Learned From Parents
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