Four Days in Michigan
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: Gallaudet University Press
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Like many people, I'd always dreamed of writing a novel. Each time I read a good story, I felt the urge to sit down and compose my own. But the travails of life got in the way, as we all know. In my case, it was medical school, marriage, residency, opening a...
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The message spread like wildfire through the house, and everyone hurried to the front window to see for themselves.
Chuck Winter exited the taxi, paid the driver, then paused at the curb as the cab drove away. It had been a long time since his...
September 1942: Day One
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It began in Springville, a town thirty miles northwest of Detroit. A couple stood on a front porch, clinging to each other, until he pulled back, glanced at his watch, and signed, "I really have to go. Fm going to miss you so much."...
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Sandra walked into the bright sun and squinted, glad she had changed to a loose cotton dress. It was even hotter outside than in the house. There was no breeze, and the sun beating from the cloud-less sky was relentless. The temperature had been over ninety...
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"Well, what kind of work are you going to do?" the elderly
man asked Sandra.
"I don't know/' she signed back. "I haven't been able to find a job yet"
She looked around the room where the Tuesday evening Deaf Club meeting was being held. After three frustrating hours with...
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Sandra spent the next morning applying for jobs in Springville and Jefferson. She didn't find anything, despite visiting numerous places with ads in the paper or "Help Wanted" signs in the window. Most of the businesses rejected her quickly in favor of other...
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It was solemn in the temple, yet also serenely festive. It was the Day of Atonement, the holiest day of the year. The time all Jews ask for forgiveness for their sins, and a time when souls are refreshed. In this Yom Kippur service, the effects of the war were...
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"My parents got a new car last week," Rudy said as they walked in the warm evening. "A Studebaker. It's really neat. Want to see it?"...
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She was astride a large bay horse, on a dirt trail that ran through the woods, under a bright blue sky. Through the trees she could see small lakes on both sides, often with ducks and geese swimming, or a muskrat clawing along the edge. It all looked so peaceful. A stark...
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Rudy was due any moment Sandra kept glancing at the clock as she scurried around helping to get things ready. Her mother's parents sat on the couch signing with Mr. Horowitz as he opened the mail. He was telling them about something that had happened...
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On the way, Rudy and Sandra came upon a carnival. They were almost past it when he abruptly swerved into the last entrance to the parking lot and pulled to a stop near the main gate...
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The Townsend house was six blocks past the carnival. It was a red brick, two-story Tudor that was bigger than most of the other bungalows on the street The quarter acre lot was one of the few with a driveway. light from the streetlamp in front of the house...
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Lake's Motor Hotel was a small one-story building two miles west of Springville, with seven rooms for rent. Cars were parked in front of only two of them. The rest of the parking lot was empty. Rudy pulled up to the office and parked, then looked at Sandra...
The Aftermath: Autumn 1942
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It was after six in the morning. Dawn had begun to color the eastern sky. Sandra walked through the front door of her house to see her parents watting in the living room...
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"Sandra," her mother signed one evening three weeks later, after dinner. "Can you come into the den for a moment? Dad and I want to show you something.'...
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The Tuesday evening County Deaf Club meeting was underway. The club president stood at the front of a group of forty people under the bright lights, his sweaty face serious as he waited for a response to his question. Several hands shot up around the...
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Somehow, Chuck Winter managed to get his hand up and signal his mother to stop. He sat there, sign-less, staring at her, stunned. It was several moments before he was able to move his hands enough to sign...
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It was another thirty minutes before the white-haired senator was handed a copy of the message left on his desk in the Senate chamber. Fortunately no one was watching when he read it because his face became pale. He staggered slightly, the message...
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News reporters and TV cameras turned the street into a media fair. They had stood vigil in front of the Winter house for two days now, taking pictures and attempting to interview everyone who went in or out of the building. At first the family had been taken...
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The family sat in the front row of the right side of the sanctuary, waiting for services to start. Chuck looked around. A large crowd, much bigger than he had expected, of friends, family, and well-wishers of Sandra Horowitz Winter had gathered to pay their...
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The two men left the synagogue after everyone else had gone. The family had agreed to meet back at Sandra's house. Chuck pulled out of the parking lot while Rudy sat in the passenger seat, staring out the window...
Page Count: 256
Publication Year: 2012