Curly gets a Gold Star for his performance this Shabbos! He layned beautifully, with very few errors (which I corrected instantaneously since I was by his side). Even more impressively, at the 11th hour he decided to chuck most of the written speech and talk off the cuff, which meant that he spoke clearly and convincingly like he knew what he was talking about. He looked very at ease up there and despite the Orthodontic Hardware was quite intelligible (moreso than some of the others I've heard). I'm so glad we were "grandfathered" in and are not affected by the new "takanah" against layning! Curly is like a different kid than he was before this endeavor. I really think this did so much for his self-confidence.
We were very saddened that my sisters got stuck in NY. But at least my Mom was here.
Here's something: Guess which movie my Mom and her 86-year-old Aunt Boba went to see? Extra points if you can tell if they liked it or not.