Her family were all busy when she got home, but it wasn't long before they were gathered around the dining room table. When everyone was settled, Mum lit the Shabbat candles and said the blessing, as she always did on a Friday night. For a rare moment, there was peace. Shabbat had begun. Everyone was quiet as Dad cut the special bread and poured the Kiddush wine. He said the blessings over the bread and wine, as he did every Shabbat.
When the food was served, they all started talking again. Dad turned to Mollie. "Well, what did you
learn about today?"
"SATs," she replied glumly. "I hate tests, and we've got a week of them coming up. Yuck!" She made a face.
"Well then," said Dad, "you know what to do. Work hard, do your best. But remember we're proud of you
anyway. You're kind to your brothers, and you care for your pet rabbit as well."
"And do you know what the most special thing about you is?" asked Mum.
Mollie shook her head.
"That you're our daughter!" Mum and Dad gave her a hug, and she smiled. Yes, that was the most important thing of all.