As a follow-up to my Letter to Hillel, I realized that I must apologize to Hillel, because the truth is, complaining about how yontov falls out is a special part of being Jewish. We're gonna do it no matter what. It's in our blood. (Only on weekends? Good for work, but totally exhausting. Middle of the week? Bad for work and a month of "Thursday nights." Three day yontov? Blearghhhh.)
But back to Yom Kippur: Some Highlights
1. The kids slept in - till 6:00!! Whoo hoo! That meant that by the time Donny left for shul at 7:10, breakfast was finished and the Mommy-I'm-Bored whining had officially commenced. With only 11 hours to go! Whoo hoo!
2. Kol Nidre night we experienced something that we had never seen before - Chag HaOfanayim (Bike holiday). On YK night, there are no cars on the roads. I'm not sure if this is something officially mandated or just accepted custom, but the roads are empty. So out come the bikes! Any Israeli who is not in shul is out on the roads - kids whizzing down Sderot Chashmonaim on their bikes, parents strolling in the middle of the street, little kids in strollers and tricycles. Ariella and Yaakov enjoyed watching the bicycles (yay! an activity!) for a while, until Ariella got jealous. First, she wanted to go out and ride her bike with all the other kids, then she realized she didn't have a bike and begged me for one.
3. I did not get a migraine, which meant I did not spend quality time with my head in a toilet. Yay! Many women rate their YK by how much time they got to spend in shul. My standards are much lower. No puke? Success!
4. The secret to my survival was not getting up from the couch the entire day. I dictated, directed and supervised as well as I could from my perch. I only got up to daven (briefly), help Yaakov with his bathroom needs, and make lunch (fancy meal of noodles and sliced cheese.)
5. The children and I were in pajamas. All day. We were a pretty sight.
6. We survived, through some miracle of the new kitchen toy, beads, bike-watching, me reading LOTS of books (something I could do successfully from the couch), building, cars, more books, Monster with Daddy, Calisthenics with Mommy, and MORE books - but it was a loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong day.
7. Very looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong.
8. And the best part of today? It's an ENTIRE YEAR until we have to do Yom Kippur again! Hopefully by then we will have rebuilt the Beit HaMikdash and we will only have to fast till after Mussaf! Amen.