By Tanya Bukai Sally was the most popular girl in school. She was always in the center of attention and everyone looked up to her. One day Mary, who was not very popular, came in with a beautiful golden set of jewelry. It included a bracelet, watch, ring and a necklace. When everyone saw it, they ran up to her and asked her lots of questions about it. Everyone gave her so many complements, including her best friend Celia. At recess, Celia made her way through the crowd that was around Mary and asked her if she wanted to play jump rope like they always do. Everyone told her not to play because she might dirty her jewelry. Celia walked away sadly and played by herself. The next day, Mary came to school without her jewelry. She thought that, since everyone was her friend, she wouldn’t need the jewelry anymore. Everyone asked her where her jewelry was. She told them she didn’t wear it today. Everyone just walked away. Everyone, except for Celia. Mary kept asking Celia why nobody was her friend anymore. Celia told her that they weren’t her real friends. They were only being her friends because they liked her jewelry. Celia gave Mary a big hug.
This story was published in the Bar Mitzvah Magazine