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Just One

At the synagogue to which I belong, there are a lot of couples and young families, probably outnumbering people who are single. This week begins the Jewish High Holidays, and I went to the synagogue’s office to pick up my tickets for the event. A person at the front desk asked me my last name, and said, “are you picking up for just one?” It reminded me of the kind of thing that I hear from the butcher when I order a pork chop. “Just one?” But I let it go. Once the front desk person located my tickets, before handing them over, she said again, “Just one?” This time, I couldn’t stop myself. I had to say “yes, one, but not just.” 

Illustration by Jing Wei


10 comments for “Just One”

  1. Petra says:

    What a terrific response! I’ll have to steal that one from you.

    And L’shana Tova.

  2. I used to say “Just a table for one” when I would go out to eat alone, but I have deliberately removed the word “just” in the past few years. There’s nothing “just” about a single person!

  3. Claire says:

    If I only present myself and I am clearly alone, why is it such a surprise I want one ticket? Or one place setting?

  4. Lisa says:

    I always get this in restaurants when I go out. That’s the only place I’ve ever heard it. The only reason I can think of is that they’re not sure if you will be have others joining you (or if your invisible rabbit friend is going to join you)!

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