Saturday, September 18, 2010

Thoughtful at Yom Kippur

We live in a complex house, family that mirrors our world. It would be simple if all of us were Jewish, especially the same flavor and texture of Judaism. It would be nice if we all treasured the same holidays in the same style, withthe same feeling. Today Ruth, Chris, Liam and I celebrate the solemn day of Yom Kippur - amazing that Liam is already learning different holidays are different and not to offer food to people who are fasting - so much so fast. KK is in San Antonio visiting her mother, brothers, and baby sister. Bob is at school working on catching up with grading and parent phone calls. KK and Bob both respect the Jewish holidays and the mood around the High Holy Days, but what is mine isn't theirs. Tonight after we break our fast Bob will be home watching Texas Tech play UT on TV. I wouldn't probably turn on the TV for a day or two after You Kippur, even though the transition back to the every day is made at sunset. I like to treasure the quiet and contemplative, to move out of it gradually. We are not the same, all of us in this house, in any way, and sometimes that makes me sad. But then I think about the richness of diversity and the lessons in getting along that we sure need in the bigger, even more diverse world. and I'm thankful for the differences among us here at home - safe place to learn empathy and understanding.

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