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ASHLEY

EXCERPT FROM CHAPTER 12
A NICE JEWISH GIRL FROM THE BRONX

 

 

             Ashley Marie Wexler was born on Labor Day, l987.  Ashley is

        tiny and delicate with thick auburn hair, big blue eyes, a round

        face, a tiny nose, and long, tapered fingers.  She lives in a

        garden apartment in Edison, New Jersey, sleeps in a beautiful

        crib, and already possesses countless toys and a large

        wardrobe of pink, ruffled dresses, hats, sweaters and booties.

             I have four sons and three grandsons. Ashley Marie is my

        first granddaughter. 

             Some day I'll take her to the park and we'll pick daisies

        and dandelions, watch the birds, and feed the squirrels.  I'll

        sit on a park bench, take her on my lap, and tell her a story

        about how "Once upon a time, there was a little girl who lived in

        several big buildings in Bronx, New York.

             "The little girl owned three dresses, and they weren't

        pretty like your dresses.  They were hand-me-downs. The little

        girl had very few toys, and only one doll. 

             "But she was taught to understand that life was precious. 

        She learned from her parents, the books she never tired of

        reading, and from teachers in the schools and friends on the

        streets of the Beautiful Bronx.

             "Her parents are dead, and the Bronx is no longer beautiful. 

        But she learned well, because the love remains with her and is

        growing.  She plans to share that love with you, Ashley."

 








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