February 28, 2008

One Test After Another

My husbandís best friendís sonís Bar Mitzvah is next weekend.

During Lent.

Iíll get to the relevancy of that to me in a minute.

Weíll be traveling down to Miami to attend. Iím very excited. My husbandís friend is pretty orthodox and I love being with his family and being immersed in their faith.

When he got married, my husband was in the wedding party, and took part in everything, except for standing under the Chuppah.

The day before, weíd gone to the Aufruf. We just had the best timeÖ their faith is absolutely fascinating to me. At their Temple, the women sat upstairs and the men down, and the women showed me everything to do, as I attempted to follow along during the Aufruf service.

So their eldest boyís Bar Mitzvah is here and I remember when he was born and Iím blown away thatÖ time is passing so quickly.

There will be a big luncheon afterwards.

And thatís where Lent and I come in.

I donít think there is a culture that does dessert like the Jews do. Their pastriesÖ areÖ to die for.

And I gave up sugar for Lent.

And I think I may just have to shoot myself.

GRRRR. I cannot frickiní believe this. Dammit.

Posted by Boudicca at February 28, 2008 10:26 PM | TrackBack

Remember... it's merely "taster duty".

And I can't help but wonder if there will be any of Lincoln's descendants present.

Posted by: That 1 Guy at February 28, 2008 11:03 PM

You are going to have a GREAT time! Hearing a young boy earnestly discuss amongst his family and friends what it means to bear the very serious responsibility of Torah observance is a beautiful thing...I wish I could be there with you.

Posted by: Erica at February 28, 2008 11:58 PM

Sugar, Schmooger! Such a twig, you are! Have some Babka!

Posted by: Jerry at February 29, 2008 01:28 AM

Wow you are just getting the tough side of giving up goodies for lent. I thought you were going to punch me when I mentioned I made chocolate chip cookies yesterday because i had a craving for them. Yikes. GRIN

Posted by: vw bug at February 29, 2008 06:16 AM

T1G- I am so hoping TN see this commment!

Erica- I am REALLY excited. This should be wonderful. I've already started to talk to my eldest about it, about how wonderful this is and how its back to our basics... our religious roots... the religion of Moses. I got raised eyebrows which is always a good sign in our grunt/monosyllabic world.

Jerry- Well, I have successfully taken off the weight on put on at Christmas. So if anything there is that. I can't believe this though... I'm now down 5. Not doing anything different, just eliminating sugar. Good Grief.

VW- Oh you are definitely the bane. "We'll go to Whole Foods for breakfast since Paul's is closed." And then while your hands were full of drinks and Tot, "Can you get me a bagel and a blueberry muffin?" The blueberry muffin was fine. It was the frickin' chocolate chip cookie the size of a damn dinner plate staring me in the face on their 'carb wall' that nearly did me in as I stooped down to get the bagel.

Holy crap.

Posted by: Bou at February 29, 2008 07:10 AM

They sure do know how to do dessert!!!!

Went to a friend of mines wedding and holy god I thought I died and went to heaven!!!!

Posted by: Quality Weenie at February 29, 2008 09:01 AM

I seem to remember you saying that you would allow sugar for family birthdays and such because its not nice to not participate... a family friend this close and an occasion that big, wouldn't this count as allowing fudge room?

Posted by: S at February 29, 2008 09:03 AM

QW- It is a carb addicts dream. I'm just banking on them having bagels and nova as that's my favorite breakfast... and although its a luncheon, I'm really really hoping they have it!

S- I wish that's what I said. :( My pact was... if its a family birthday I will eat the cake because if I bake the cake, I eat it too. As good fortune would have it, Ringo turns 13 on Monday. He has requested my chocolate mousse cake, topped with chocolate leaves and fresh berries. Its a dessert to die for. Monday I eat Mousse Cake. YES.

Posted by: Bou at February 29, 2008 09:22 AM

Ha! Just saw it. Excellent.

Posted by: Toluca Nole at February 29, 2008 04:19 PM

well, next year just give up giving up anything for lent..I did it about fifty years ago and it has worked out real well for me...

Posted by: GUYK at March 1, 2008 08:58 PM