Mrs. K's Days

Adventures in Middle School

Doing My Own Homework

on April 8, 2013

After assigning an original tritina to my class, I decided to try one. Here it is. I totally admire my students’ openness – sharing is terrifying!

Passover Tritina


My father reclined comfortably against his pillows at the head of the long table.

In the fragrant kitchen, my mother and grandmother agonized over the fluffiness of the matzah balls.

Year by year, I listened to my brothers, then my cousins, chant the four questions.


At seven my turn came, and came again, until 26 and very pregnant, I was tired of the four questions.

To steal the afikomen, a good plan was to crawl towards my father under the table.

Some years, it seemed bowling balls landed in our soup instead of matzah balls.


Now I am the one fretting over a pot of matzah balls.

Each of my sons has taken his turn asking the four questions.

This year, my grandson wiggled in his high chair while his dad reclined on pillows at the head of the table.


What a privilege, to have loved ones at your table, to laugh over matzah balls, and answer those same four questions.


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