I just got up. My kids are so wonderful and independent to let me
sleep in. Dereck sleeps like a stone on weekdays, but this weekend
got up early two days to walk the dog! He lets me sleep on the
weekends, wonderful man.
I am one big allergy today.
Had a nice talk with Barbara last night-- we are going to see Princess
Diaries 2 this afternoon. And of course I stayed up too late last
night. But I was reading. I started reading The Making of the Modern
Jew-- it is a lot easier going having read The Source. And last night
Christian was very needy, so Sam and Dereck played the X Box Dereck
has been practicing with (I don't fully understand either) and I lay
down with Christian and talked to him, explained to him that none of
the Jewish things I am doing mean that *he* is Jewish-- he will have
to decide what he wants to do when he is 18. And lying there in the
dark, he revealed to me his troubles with Shabbat: He gets too hungry
waiting there to eat. So, I suggested that we give him a snack so he
wouldn't have to wait. And he liked that idea.
I also disclosed to Barbara last night my intentions not only to
celebrate Christmas with Dereck's parents this year, but also to
continue celebrating with the children as long as they still believe
in Santa Claus. And she was in complete agreement. She said it was
different for kids-- they aren't missing anything, but mine would be.
And we talked about ways to make Chanukah bigger and brighter and
Christmas more subdued. I found a website last night that had a bunch
of Judaica on sale-- Chanukah lights, chocolate lollipops. rugrats
Chanukah videos, round chocolate coins, so of course, I bought them.
I need to reign myself in soon. But I did think to myself, "You know
you will want them, so you can pay half price now, or full price
She has good suggestions for how to do Rosh Hashana on the cheap, and
activities we can do with the kids (bake round Challah) and she makes
little gift things for the Hillel students with honey, an apple, a
round roll. So, I will help her do that. Last night was the first
time I felt a lack of Jewish community to celebrate with, and she said
the high holidays are some of those celebrated mostly in the synagogue
and not at home, so you really have to go down. And I am going.
I also had a long chat with Dan about the rabbi and the conversion
process, etc. He was at a loss, really, but it was still a nice chat.
I found Huw's blog, but haven't had time to read yet.
I need to go wake up!