Today I am grateful for finishing things I have long needed to get done. For unknown reasons I have been procrastinating about the need to finish some things I started. I actually finally finished getting all my Hanukkah decorations put away. I washed all the linens and added them to my Hanukkah buckets. I put the buckets upstairs waiting to be added to the attic storage. It is a wee bit difficult to say goodbye to my holiday. Endings are often bitter sweet. I had less time with loved ones than I would have liked. I am missing some who are not in this realm anymore. I am praying for others who are not around.
While I do look forward to time off work getting to make gifts for others and reading for fun, it is also a sad time while everyone else is celebrating. I am not missing others’ celebration, just that mine is over.
I read an interesting comment on Kveller a couple of days ago. A gentleman was explaining that he lived in San Francisco in the late 70’s and almost everything was shut down on the 24th and 25th. The only things open were Chinese restaurants and movie theaters. He went to a theater on December 25th and there were only 15 people at the show, all Jewish. “… Suddenly from the balcony came a very excellent voice sing out, “Hine ma tov u’ma na-im, Shevet achim gam ya-chad”. We all joined in for a chorus and then had a good laugh…” The lyrics are the first verse of Psalm 133, which reads, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” I can so relate to his story. My spouse and I have gone out a few times on Christmas day just for the uniqueness of being the lone people exploring our surroundings.
Today I have boxed and re-boxed some gifts I still need to send out. I keep finding more things I want to add to the packages. Friends and family have happily notified me that they have received many of my packages. It makes me grateful once I know they have arrived. Not that I have lost faith in the postal service but…………
I have worked on three different plans for the last two days of the semester. I still don’t know for sure which one I will go with. I guess it depends on my mood tomorrow morning. For some reason I am not in the right place for definite decision making today. I am grateful that I know what I am doing and I can have a great last few days before break.
I am grateful that this morning it wasn’t too cold and I was able to work in my garden. While I was weeding and removing the jacaranda pods, the dog decided she needed to be the planter with me. If you have never tried to pull weeds with a dog going under and over you, you have missed a hilarious opportunity for fun.
I finally gifted a child’s picnic bench to a friend. My grand-kids have outgrown it and I wanted it to move on to another home. We have discussed it for a long time and I am grateful we finally delivered it. My friend told me of another thrift store near her that I was unaware of. After dropping off the table we found more books for my aunt at the newly discovered store.
It has been a busy weekend. I am grateful for finishing chores, completing tasks, and taking a nap when I needed to. I am grateful that I will be ready to drop off items at the post office tomorrow. I am grateful that I have just a few more days before winter break. I am grateful that my house has some assemblance of normalcy again sans all the buckets and boxes.