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  What If: Vol 3-2
by Mark M Lichterman
Saturday, February 04, 2012
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What if I never lied?
What if we parted in 1952 and never saw each other again... until?
What if we did meet again... sixty years later?
What if we never met in the first place?
What if?

Vol 3-2 can be found following Vol 3-1



What If: Vol 3-2


Monday, December 10, 1951


“Mrs.  Harris.”


Looking up from her desk,

“Yes, Mitchell?”


“Mrs. Harris,” I said,

“something happened over the weekend

and I’ve changed my mind about college.”




“Yes, ma’am.

I want to go to R.I.T.:

the Rochester Institute of Technology.”


Peering at him over her glasses,


his class counselor said,

“wouldn’t you say it’s a bit late,

to say the least,

for you to be thinking of going to a university?”


“Yes, ma’am,

I know, but I’ve got to do it,

so I’ll do anything to get in.

I know I’ll have to take an entrance exam

and I’m ready to go to Rochester to do it,

but I’ve got to know what I’ll need,

and I need you to find out

so I can get to work.”


“Work?” Mrs. Harris said.


Knowing his record,

she knew work was not one of

this young man’s better habits.


“You have no idea

how much work you’re going to have to do!”


“I don’t care!

I’ll do whatever I have to!”



I’ll check on the curriculum

and get back to you as soon as I find out.

Think you’d like a tutor?”


“Mrs. Harris,

I’ll do whatever you think will help.”


“What I think is,

is that it’s too late.

But I’ll find out what you need.”



“Suzie, hi!”


Coming from him,

she didn’t mind “Suzie.”


“Mitchie, you just called a half-hour ago.


“I know.”

Fingering my gold initial ring,

“Sue, I know we just met three days ago,

but I feel like I’ve known you all my life,

and I was afraid to ask yesterday

because yesterday

we’d only known each other one day,


Sue, I’d love to go steady with you!”

Thinking, Please, God!

“Will you?”


“God, Mitchell,”

Susan said excitedly,

“ I thought you’d never ask…



 By mutual agreement,

seeing each other only on weekends,

he spent Saturday mornings in the Library with a tutor,

and during the week,

on evenings he didn’t work,

outside of one call right after school

he spent every minute

attempting to make up for

three and a half years of wasted time.


For Christmas

he gave Susan a gold and seed pearl bracelet.

Susan gave him the most beautiful gift he’d ever received:

a cranberry-colored,



butter-soft cashmere sweater

that immediately became his most prized possession.


Wearing a rented tuxedo,

I was invited to accompany Susan

and her parents to the New Year’s Eve

dinner and dance at Mister and Mrs. Friedman’s country club.



To be continued

©February 5, 2012 / Mark M. Lichterman

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Reviewed by Donna Chandler
I always enjoy reading your writings ,,,,, and yes, what if? How many of us have not asked ourselves that very question?

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