We were lucky enough to have my mom and Wok here for Easter. Aiden had a blast with his uncle for the very first time because not only can he appreciate play and humour now, but he can converse and engage with Wok which, to a 19-year-old, is way more fun than a drooly baby. My mom dotes on Aidey as always but it’s been so wonderful to have time alone with Jon to see a movie, sleep in, read a book, put my feet up, etc. We really did win the lottery in the Granny and Ouma departments – lucky us.
It’s interesting being a mixed-faith family. Up until a week and a bit ago, Jon and I seriously considered me converting to Judaism. We saw the rabbi and everything to discuss it. But after a few weeks of going back and forth, we came to the conclusion that it’s a lot for our family, right now, to commit to 3 nights a week and almost all weekend. Plus the community expectation plus my workload plus our already-heavy family schedules. So for now, we’ll continue as we always have – a mix of both religions, beliefs, and traditions. Aidey will grow up with both sides and as long as we agree to never purposefully confuse him, I think he can only benefit from it all. On a personal note, I do also feel slightly relieved. I was never forced into this, in fact, Jon was the one who was more reluctant than me, but I realised as soon as we made our decision that I hadn’t been ready to do it. I was so relieved! I realised that I’ve only just begun on a spiritual journey of my own and I’m not ready yet to commit to any religion. I’m firm in my belief and relationship with God – that’s not an issue for me. But I’ve got a long way to go before I’m comfortable with where I feel I should be.
But true to our decision to celebrate both religions and traditions, on Thursday night we celebrated the start of Pesach with a dinner of matzo and sweet juice (because I forgot to buy the Jewish wine, doh!). Aidey and Jon and Wok wore yarmulkes, we cracked the matzo, we ahhhmennnnnnned and had a good family time. I just wish we didn’t live so far from other Jews and family to celebrate these high holy days, it gets quite lonely. Sadly, because of our decision to not do the conversion now, we’ve also isolated ourselves so we can’t blame anyone for feeling lonely. But still, would be nice.
On then on Friday I hosted an Easter hunt in our garden, with 9 little 1 & 2 years olds running around covered in chocolate and candy smudges. The sugar rush afterward was even manageable and the kids were so bloody cute with their easter eggs and bunny ears.
Overall, it’s been a wonderful Easter Pesach weekend. How was yours?