Count Your Way Through Iran by James Haskins

By James Haskins

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Lolek gave them a big smile. He opened his satchel, took out his first report card, and handed it to his father. His mother moved closer to look on. All of sudden, their faces lit up. “Oh, Lolek, this is wonderful,” his mother told him. She gave him a big hug and kissed him on his cheek. “Yes, it is, Lolek,” his father agreed. He had received “very good” marks in religion, conduct, drawing, singing, and games and exercise. He had received “good” marks in language, writing, math, and science. To help him try to understand exactly what God had in store for him when he became an adult, Karol began getting up even earlier than he needed to so he could attend Mass before school.

I hope it’s a boy,” Mundek said. He grinned at his father. ” Mundek saw a shadow pass across his father’s face, and he suddenly wished now that he had thought before he had spoken. His parents were probably wanting a daughter to fill the emptiness left by his sister, Olga, who had only lived for a few days. Mundek vaguely remembered their baptizing the tiny girl at home, something he knew the church permitted in emergencies, and then, within hours, burying her in an unmarked grave in Wadowice’s cemetery.

His mother turned around, a smile on her face, and said, “Well, I was wondering when you’d awaken. ” “Fine,” Lolek replied. ” “Oh, that’s all right, Lolek,” his mother said. “You can tell me later today, but now you need to get dressed because it’s Thursday and we’re going to the market. ” Lolek grinned. He couldn’t believe his luck. He had thought that it might be a while before he actually went outside again—except to the park or to Mass at St. Mary’s Church—but now, the very next day, he was going to the market with his mother.

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