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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Bat Mitzvah Wrap Up

I woke up this morning well rested, after a very full week and a half, my heart spilling over with gratitude. I sat up to say modah ani..."I thank you" to God, and this was the view I was blessed to see through our bedroom window.

So you might be wondering about Rosewillow's bat mitzvah...Our last guests (my parents) left Tuesday morning with Rosie in tow. Belin left the day before with my sister-in-law and niece (they went to look at a couple of colleges on their way down to Pennsylvania--COLLEGES!!!) I truly have not had a minute to sit and blog until today. (I spent the rest of Tuesday zombesque in bed). Ahhh, how to begin... My formerly shy in the public eye little girl is officially a poised young teen, able to lead a congregation, read Torah and Haftarah, read half her drash...not get flustered when the rabbi points this out...and continue reading the rest with a giggle and smile and without missing a beat...the drash that she wrote in 2 hours sitting next to Rabbi Jon the Tuesday afternoon before her bat mitzvah...the drash I was totally worried she would never write because she just wouldn't sit down and do it for me...the drash that was gestating in that thoughtful mind and compassionate heart and wide open to possibilities blue eyes of hers for several weeks. She was as brilliant as the sun shining in the photo above. She was clear and insightful, honest about her own illness and the impact of mine on her and our family as well...she tied all of that into her Torah portion. She spoke about seeing what is really present, looking at situations in new ways...essentially, finding the blessings, beyond the curses of life. She brought tears to my eyes. Pure love. Pride. Joy. Our little Rosie blossomed on the bimah.

The simcha continued with delicious food and fabulous dancing to the music of our dear friends in the band (and her Daddy of course). Friends pushed me round the hora circle in my wheelchair, and down the aisle for yesh (a kind of partnered line dance)...It was amazing!!! I really didn't think I'd be able to participate in the dancing and had been sad thinking about it for months, but my creative, loving friends and family found a way to make it happen!


I cannot adequately express the fullness of my heart all weekend long (and even into the beginning of this week) as friends and family spent time here with us at our home. So many people helped out to set up, my mother and father helped all week long before the bat mitzvah and my sister, sister-in-law and nieces helped at the after party. I don't have photos from the bat mitzvah ceremony as we are not aloud to take pictures at the synagogue on the Sabbath but here is one from the house before Shabbat Friday afternoon and then one I took of both girls before our professional photos were taken Tuesday.


Just look at those intricate curls!!! (Mind you this child has basically straight hair), lots of bobby pins and hairspray!!!!


Gordon and I have a few days together at home without the girls before my next infusion and then head down to the sea shore and DC for a week of much needed vacation time. I don't know if I'll post anything else before we go, but I'm really looking forward to photo ops on our trip.

gentle steps,
Laura

11 comments:

  1. Have a super-lovely trip, Laura. I hope it is relaxing and sweet.

    I too have been anxious as my daughter appears to not have practiced much before her performances at school, but she pulls them off beautifully every time. A wonderful lesson to trust that all will unfold without any pressure from us. And is always unfolding beautifully.

    Be well.

    xo

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  2. Beautiful!

    safe, happy and peaceful journey

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  3. Laura,
    I knew everything would be perfect! And so glad your daughter shone brightly...What a lovely memory was created that day. You should definitely be proud.

    And I am extra happy that you were able to truly enjoy it all. And dancing, what a treat. :-) I'll hope that the next few weeks are very restful for you, full of new scenery and joy. Take pictures!
    xo with blessings...

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  4. It sounds like a wonderful occasion and a great party afterwards! I'm so glad you were able to chair-dance along with all your loved ones!

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  5. Yep, it was as wonderful as wonderful can be. I'm so happy for you:) And now you have a respite before your trip begins. Rest, renew, and enjoy. Safe travels.

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  6. Congratulations on what was a beautiful life passage. I was struck by all your helpers and it made me reflect how adversity sometimes invites blessings like your helpers. Have a wonderful vacation.
    Judy

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  8. So pleased for you & rosie... a tear in my eye too as i felt your love & pride. Have a wonderful holiday laura x

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  9. Hi Everyone! Thanks for your loving comments. I'm at the infusion center waiting for my meds to come down from the pharmacy...we leave for the shore tomorrow morning. I really appreciate all of you checking in.

    xo
    Laura

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  10. Your daughters are beautiful! I think I know why Rosie wrote such a positive and thoughtful drash; she takes after her mom! Congrats to you, Rosie!

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