Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Gift Of Wadi Qilt



Tonight is Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year. It's a two-day festival but this year it finishes as Shabbat comes in so actually it's three days straight of eating, socialising, praying, eating, sleeping, and did I mention eating? If you do the whole lot religiously, which we actually don't, that's the equivalent of six Christmas dinners at home and a number of smaller refreshments (like cocktail parties without the cocktails) at synagogue after the services.

We only accept invitations or make a big meal for once a day. However, that's still a lot of cooking and cleaning for me and DD was home because the schools are off from today. This is good because otherwise I'd be at my school, but difficult because she gets bored.

At 8.30 this morning we got a phone call from DD's BFF. Would DD like to go with them to Wadi Qilt. She wasn't sure. She's a bit of a ditherer and she worries in case it's going to be a difficult hike. It's not, it's a gentle stroll through the riverlets to the waterfalls and natural pools at the end. I accepted for her.

So off she went in her swimming costume, wearing my old sneakers - we threw her old ones away and she wasn't going to ruin her new sneakers walking through the water. This caused me to ponder on two things. 1. Decluttering is not always so brilliant. And 2. my daughter has almost the same size feet as me. (I knew this as she already takes my socks and this summer I bought us the same size socks).

I had five hours to shop, cook and clean. So I did go shopping because the supermarkets are going to be closed for the next three and a half days (from 2pm today). Then I spent a lot of time on the computer, and then DD came home.


Luckily she fell asleep on the sofa this afternoon and I did get some cooking done. And some laundry, and some grading  papers for college. Not as productive a day as intended but then it never is these days.

DD had a wonderful time. I think one of the greatest gifts you can give a single mother is to take her child out for a few hours before a major festival or weekend. We both appreciated it very much.


I wish everyone a wonderful, good and sweet year (Shana Tova Umetuka) whether you're Jewish or not. 



(I joined the Country Kids Linky at Coombe Mill with this post.) 

16 comments:

  1. A very Happy New Year to you and DD - have a wonderful 3 days of celebrating just the way you want.

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    1. Thank you Margie. I'm just now enjoying the confidence to celebrate the way we want and not how it's done by everyone just because that's the way it 'should' be.

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  2. A very Happy New Year to you. What a lovely treat for DD and I think you were very wise to persuade her to join her friend. Looking at the photos she had a lovely time and it gave you that space you needed to sort out some of that cooking. It does sound like a heavy few day for food.

    Thank you for popping over to share with me at #CountryKids

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    1. And thank you for your kind wishes and your reply.

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    1. Thank you, and a wonderful year to you too.

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  4. My daughter also has he same size feet as me and thats worrying as she is only 10 years and I'm a 7.5, so not exactly small! Well done for accepting for DD and getting her out there to enjoy the day. Mich x

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  5. I'm only 5.5 but she's not yet 9! Otoh, she's tall for her age and I've always been short.

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  6. Happy New Year! My son has bigger feet than me and he isn't quite 11... mine are a 6.5

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  7. I'm glad you accepted for her, it looks like she had a lovely walk. And wonderful for you to get some time to prepare. A very Happy New Year to you both x #countrykids

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    1. Thank you. She's been talking about it a lot sna keeps saying she wants to go back.

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  8. Happy New Year to you and your family. I've got a long way till I'm the same foot size as my mummy! Popping over from #CountryKids x

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    1. It comes faster than you expect. Thank you for your good wishes.

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