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ABDULLAH ABU SNAINEH

THE STEP
SHORT STORY COLLECTION

THE STEP

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Mine
"These books are going to save you. They are the best
weapon you can have. Why don't you study?! People
die just to have an opportunity to study! It's 8:00! You
must be at school now!" My mother shouted at me
because I was late for school this morning. While
pointing to my backpack she lectured me about that
education is a way to fight the occupation. I nodded but
in my mind I had a different idea: in a way, the
occupation is one of the best things that happened to
us. We study to fight them, so if they weren't here we
wouldn't care very much about education, right? Or is
it just the way the elderly put it to us? The older
members of my family always demonstrate education
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as a cure to a disease but I think education is not a
cure. It's immunity. If we were learned in the first place
we wouldn't have been under occupation, I guess!
I know it's strange for an education-advocate to be late
for school, but the truth is that life is more important.
Priorities. And my priority is to stay alive, biologically
alive.
Personally, I've been living in misery all my life. But it
is still called "Life". Yes, I am desperate but from
desperation hope comes. The more miserable you have
lived, the more likely you find happiness. Because
happiness is relative and almost everything is better
than "living" in this shithole. Wait!! If my city is a
shithole what does that make us?!
I stopped talking to myself at that point and took my
heavy backpack and put it on my back. I halted a bit at
the door and looked at my mother and my little sister in
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