Last year I got up from shiva for my father about ten days before the holiday. So when it came to Pesach cleaning I kept telling myself, “Good enough.” Since I usually find myself trying to do just one more little extra thing whenever I find downtime, I repeated this mantra often!
“Good enough” for me means no obsessing or comparing myself to others, no doing things twice “just in case,” and no unnecessary errands or cooking. Also calling the rabbi to ask whether it was okay not to cover the counters. Last year was a hard year, but this year I succeeded in keeping everything under control (unless you count agreeing to go see a new mother with breastfeeding issues late last night).
Even if I had wanted to go overboard, I didn’t have the time. My siblings, brother-in-law and three nieces and nephews arrived right after Purim for my father’s first yahrzeit (anniversary of death). We held a small, moving ceremony for the unveiling of his tombstone, and then spent Shabbat together.
A few days after my family left, I went to a conference in Europe for 5 days. I’d never been to Europe before and only now do I realize that I consciously avoided it until now. I had a wonderful vacation with gorgeous weather. Now I understand why so many Israelis hop over there for weekends. The only jet lag was from changing the clocks last week.
Because my energy went into hosting and playing tourist, blogging went onto the back burner. And speaking of burners, it’s time to get back to the kitchen.
Chag kasher ve’sameach–A happy and wonderful Passover to all.