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A Wonderful Life ~ 20

"Derek, wake up." Toby pulled the covers off him.

"It's too early." Derek whined.

"Well, I guess I'm going alone." Toby started to walk out.

"Oh yeah, I forgot." Derek jumped up with a smiled.

"I'm going...Wait, you're dressed up."

"Yep, I ironed your suit for you. We dress nice for this."

"I'm sorry, did you just say you ironed my clothes?" Derek said with a smirk.

"Don't mock me, hurry." Toby glared while walking out.

"Is he up?"

"Yeah, is there something wrong with a man ironing?"

"No, I think it's sexy." CJ smiled.

"Thank you." He smiled back and kissed her.

"I hate dressing up." Derek moaned while walking out.

"I need a clip on."

"You don't, let me tie it for you." Toby bent down and started to, but failed. "Um..."

"Move." CJ rolled her eyes and bent down and tied Derek's tie. When she stood, Toby pointed to his.

"How long have you been wearing ties and you still don't know how to do it."

"That's because you've been there to do it for me." He smirked.

"Can we go now?" Derek asked.

"Fine." Toby moaned. "I love you." He kissed CJ and the twins and then Derek did the same before Derek grabbed Toby's hand and pulled him out to the car.

"Easy, there's an arm attached to the hand." Toby said as they walked out to the car.

"Well it's 9:00 and you said it starts at 9:30, so don't we have to go?"

"What do you think we're doing?" Toby asked as he and Derek got into the car.

"Why isn't mom coming?"

"She's not Jewish, remember?"

"Oh yeah." Derek sat back and looked out the window as Toby drove to Shul.

They soon came to a building that had stained glass windows. "Wow," Derek said. "That is such a cool building."

"I'm glad you like it because that's my Temple."

"It is?"

"Yep," Toby said as he pulled into the parking lot.

The two got out of the car and walked into the building.

"Shalom, Toby," Rabbi Glassman said as he saw Toby and Derek enter the building.

"Shalom, Rabbi," Toby said. "This is Derek, my son." He said proudly.

"Ah, yes, it's very nice to meet you, Derek."

"Shalom," Derek said with a smile.

"Your father has taught you Hebrew already?" Rabbi Glassman looked amazed.

"Well, only a few words." Toby said. The Rabbi nodded and then walked over to the pulpit and sat down.

"Here," Toby said as he handed Derek a book.

"What's this?"

"It's a Sidur."

"A what?"

"A prayer book. Come on."

"Um...dad?"

"What?" Toby asked impatiently.

"I can't read these words. They are in weird shapes."

"Those are Hebrew letters. Now come on."

Derek went along with Toby, trying to mumble out what everyone was saying. He enjoyed looking around at all the people that were there. The place was beautiful, he wanted to be able to see it more.

After everything was done, Toby introduced Derek to some of the people who were around him.

"Derek, this is Sarah."

"Hi Derek, it's nice to finally meet you." Sarah said.

"Finally?"

"Toby talked about you all the time." She laughed and patted Toby on the back. "I'm just glad this time he left his beeper at home."

"How many times do I have to hear this?" Toby smiled.

"Many more." Sarah smiled. "So, are you thinking about coming with your father every Saturday?"

"I've been thinking about it, and I would really love to come. This all seems to interesting. I've never really been into religion, but I think this could teach me a few things."

"I'm sure it will." Sarah smiled. "You still want to go get some coffee?" Sarah asked.

"Sure, do you mind Derek? Every Saturday we go out for coffee."

"Sure, as long as I can get something to eat. I'm starving."

He smiled, "Of course you can."

"Great!" Derek walked with Toby and Sarah out of the Synagogue.

"Derek, this way," Toby said when Derek began to walk towards the car.

"Why aren't we driving there?" He asked as he caught up with Toby and Sarah.

"Because technically, on the Sabbath, we aren't supposed to drive. We walk."

"But we drove to Temple, dad."

"Yes, well for one thing, Temple is much further away than where we go to get coffee and it's a beautiful day out."

"What do you do if it rains?"

"We carry umbrellas if it rains." Sarah smiled.

"Oh, okay." Derek followed the two to the café that was around the corner and two blocks up.

"What do you want, Derek?" Toby asked once they found a table.

"Hmm. I'll have...uh...Dad?"

"Yeah?"

"What's this?" He pointed to a word on the menu.

"That's Challah. It's what we eat on Shabbat, only we didn't last night...haven't for a long time."

"I'll be right back," Sarah said as she got up and went to the ladies room.

"Dad?"

"Hmm?"

"What else do you do on Shabbat?"

"Well, we're supposed to light the candles and say a prayer, before we drink wine or juice we have to say a prayer, thanking G-d for the 'Fruit of the Vine,' and then say a blessing over the Challah."

"Wow." Derek said, amazed.

"You seem really interested in this." Toby laughed.

"I am. I really want to learn more." Derek smiled.

"Well, then we'll make sure you learn more."

"How about tomorrow?" Derek smiled shyly.

"Tomorrow is set back for Math and Science." Toby said frankly.

"Darn." Derek pouted.

"I'm back." Sarah sat back down. "Did I miss anything?"

"Derek's mad because he has to learn Math and Science tomorrow." Toby smiled.

"I hated Math and Science." Sarah smiled.

"See, I'm not the only one."

"You're not getting out of it." Toby said.

"You're just afraid of mom." Derek smiled.

"For the first time in my life, I'm not afraid to say, yeah, I am afraid of your mom." Toby smiled as the waitress walked over.

"What can I get for you young man?" She asked Derek.

"I'll have the Challah please." Derek smiled.

"Ok." The waitress smiled. "The usual for you two?"

"Yes please." Sarah and Toby said at the same time.

"Coming right up." The waitress smiled and walked off.

"That's sad guys." Derek started laughing.

"What?" Toby smiled.

"You two have a usual?" Derek laughed some more.

"What can we say, we're popular." Sarah laughed.

After coffee, the three went back to the car and Toby and Sarah said goodbye to each other.

"That was fun," Derek said as he and Toby got into the car.

"I'm glad you enjoyed it."

"Maybe we can get mom to come with us sometime." Derek smiled innocently.

Toby looked at him. "You're still doing your studying."

"Darn."

Toby laughed a little and drove home.

TBC...

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