Friday, December 10, 2010
Twas the week of Chanukah....
souped up on drugs and happy to be going home
when mayhem hit our house, not a creature was happy, because of this mouse.
The faces of siblings showed concern and care, when they found out poor Mr. J had to stay there.
This Native all nestled all snug in this bed, moaned and groaned while missed latkes danced in his siblings heads.
And I in my grubbies and Pa at home tending, settled in for a long set of days and eternally long nights never ending.
Hour after hour there arose such a clatter, machines beeping constantly, nurses running to see what was the matter.
I sat and I knit and I knit and I knit, and what to my wondering eyes did appear...
a little baby hat made from left over yarn, and a scarf that felt like it took me all year.....
The week of Chanukah is a celebration. The festival of lights. A time to remember the miracle of the Maccabees' victory and the miracle of the oil that burnt for eight days in the holy Temple. There's more to it....... but the bottom line is it is a celebration of miracles.
We didn't celebrate Chanukah in the typical usual fashion. The potatoes are still in storage waiting to be made into latkes, the puppets the kids made for a puppet show sit collecting dust, the dreidel sits on it's side waiting to be played with and turned, most of the candles on our Tree of Life *menorah haven't been lit, and visions of stolen chunk a poo cookies dancing in our heads....... (just making sure the theives feel reeeeal guilty)
We celebrated our own set of miracles. The miracle of modern medicine and another oil that was used for the anointing of the sick. Many prayers answered as our little guy was so sick and at an earlier time in history probably would not have made it. So many kind people offering to help. Meals brought in, home made cards and toys brought to Mr. J..... No, not a typical Chanukah but a week of miracles and that is what the celebration is all about!
God bless us. Everyone!
* Just a side note. People call what we light menorahs but they are actually candelabrum. Hanukkiyas. There is only one menorah and it is in the temple.