Thankful Thursday

Mom

  1. I am thankful for being!
  2. Also for my wonderful son and daughter-in-law.
  3. I am thankful for the good weather.

Estee

  1. Kale salad

Dovid

  1. Pizza bagels

Scott

  1. For riding up Hawk’s Nest to Camp Simcha this week

Sheva

  1. For my Daddy when we go to the park

Thankful Thursday

Mom

  1. For my wonderful family!

Estee

  1. For a fantastic dinner last night.  Thank you musband!

Dovid

  1. For good friends

Chavi

  1. for camp happening soon.

Dina

  1. For Hailey helping me design a logo for my bat mitzvah

Sheva

  1. For Daddy getting me superheroes and care bears.

Scott

  1. For Chavi’s cooking skills and new retainer.
  2. Dovid’s sense of humor
  3. Dina’s creative and artistic talents
  4. Sheva’s continuing to learn about thankfulness for “Dodah”

Thankful Thursday – Almost July 4th Edition

Mom

  1. For my wonderful son and daughter in law who take such good care of me

Dovid

  1. for my father’s guiding hand

Chavi

  1. For a fun weekend

Dina

  1. for the amazing red chairs mommy and daddy bought

Estee

  1. for camp funshine

Sheva

  1. For spending time together as a family at the sukkot table

Scott

  1. for Sheva learning about thankful thursday (and for her being thankful for things that occurred months ago!)
  2. for my very thoughtful father’s day present

Thankful Thursday

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Mom:

  1. I am thankful for my son who takes such good care of me!
  2. for my eyesight improving due to cataract surgery.

Estee:

  1. that Bubby was able to come for dinner in our backyard in honor of Father’s Day.

Dovid:

  1. Thankful for my father

Chavi:

  1. For a good week
  2. For the beginning of summer
  3. for school being over

Dina:

  1. Thankful for mommy buying oreos

Sheva:

  1. I love having my family
  2. when me and mommy go to YINW and sit in the women’ section and I can see my Daddy and Dovid.
  3. when my dad and me go to shul when there was no coronavirus
  4. For playing with my friends and when my cousins come and play with me.
  5. when my family are at my birthday party at home.

Scott:

  1. For Jeremy at Madelaine Chocolate
  2. For Super Slip and Slides
  3. For a special father’s day.

 

 

Thankful Thursday

Mom

  1. Thankful I had a chance to speak with a friend from Pittsburgh
  2. For my wonderful son and daughter in law

Estee

  1. For another year with musband!

Dovid

  1. For Camp Dovid being open

Chavi

  1. For finishing 9th Grade

Dina

  1. For yummy food

Scott

  1. mini-marshmallow stem projects
  2. for the hard work of my kids’ teachers and school administrators who have gone above and beyond.

 

Thankful Thursday

Mom

  1. Thankful for spending time with my wonderful son, daughter in law, and Sheva in the park!

Estee

  1. for awesome bike riding by Dina and Batsheva
  2. For yummy penne ala vodka made by Chavi

Dovid

  1. For AP tests being over

Chavi

  1. For playing tennis with Daddy

Dina

  1. For good food

Scott

  1. fresh homemade challah, straight out of the oven.
  2. The most wonderful family I could ever ask for.

Thankful Thursday

Mom

  1. Thankful for my wonderful family and visits to Cedarhurst Park

Estee

  1. Thankful for the opportunity to bring a smile to a bar mitzvah boy and his family. Mazal Tov Sruli!

Dovid

  1. For hockey balls

Chavi

  1. For almost finishing my essay for English

Dina

  1. For Chavi making me delicious eggs.

Scott

  1. Fun trips with Estee to Lakewood
  2. For Mike’s Chicken Crunchers.

 

Yahrzeit Plan & Thankfuls

We very much would like to celebrate Mer’s yahrzeit with a gathering like we did last year, but COVID has mucked up those plans.  When things return to normal, please look forward to an invitation to such a celebration.  In the interim, we’ll celebrate in the new, socially distancing-style, with people undertaking a random act of kindness or good deed in Mer’s memory.  The yahrzeit is Sat nite-Sunday, but feel free to do all that good stuff in her memory whenever you feel like!

Our thankfuls:

Mom

  1. Thankful for a phone call from a friend

Estee

  1. for beautiful paintings by Chavi
  2. for cool wavy hair on Dina

Dovid

  1. for my health

Chavi

  1. for my half birthday tomorrow

Dina

  1. For York peppermint patties!

Scott

  1. For my new painting from Chavi, and for Dina’s decorations on my PPE

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The Seasons of Life – A Thankful Thursday Post in Memory of the Second Anniversary of Mer’s Passing

This post is a little longer than my usual ones, as we come upon Mer’s second yahrezeit (anniversary of the Hebrew date of her passing) this weekend.  Please forgive my ramblings in advance; I’ll post the family’s thankfuls and our plan for celebrating Meredith’s yaherzeit this evening.

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More so than usual, as we hunker down at home, with libraries closed I’ve retreated to my garage bookshelf to reread books that I’ve read, in some instances, dozens of times.  Last week, I picked up a book I probably hadn’t read in a decade.

Stripping out the backstory (of e.g., unicorns, wizards, fairies etc., so as to minimize the mocking I receive from some for my affinity for the fantasy genre), it is, at heart, a story about the bond between two siblings, who have gone down different paths, yet possess an incredible strong bond of love.

In one passage, the brother finds himself despondent, lacking the will to continue on in the face of adversity:

“This is too much to ask.  No hope.  There is no hope…”

“It is easy to have hope in the spring, warrior, when the weather is warm and the vallenwoods [Scott’s note – majestic and fictitious type of tree] are green. It is easy to have hope in the summer, when the vallenwoods glitter with gold. It is easy to have hope in the fall when the vallenwoods are as red as living blood. But in the winter, when the air is sharp and bitter and the skies are gray, does the vallenwood die, warrior?”

“Who spoke?” Caramon cried, staring around wildly, clutching his sword in his trembling hand.

“What does the vallenwood do in the winter, warrior, when all is dark and even the ground is frozen? It digs deep, warrior. It sends its roots down, down, into the soil, down to the warm heart of the world. There, deep within, the vallenwood finds nourishment to help it survive the darkness and the cold, so that it may bloom again in the spring.”

“So?” Caramon asked suspiciously, backing up a step and looking around.

“So you stand in the darkest winter of your life, warrior. And so you must dig deep to find the warmth and the strength that will help you survive the bitter cold and the terrible darkness. No longer do you have the bloom of spring or the vigor of summer. You must find the strength you need in your heart, in your soul. Then, like the vallenwoods, you will grow once more.”

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“The Forest was changing before his eyes.”
The twisting writing trees straightened as he watched, lifting their limbs to the skies, growing, growing, growing.  He bent his head back so far he nearly lost his balance, but still he couldn’t see their tops.  They were vallenwood trees!  … As he watched in awe, he saw dead limbs burst into life – green buds spouted, burst open, blossomed into green glistening leaves that turned summer gold – seasons changing as he drew a shivering breath.
Weis & Hickman, Test of the Twins (1986)
Make no mistake my friends, winter is here.  Around us, our friends and loved ones may be struggling, and suffering loss.  We may be struggling and suffering loss.  And keeping hope, and positive thinking, may be difficult at times.
Not so long ago, the idea that one courageous one woman, my sister Mer, was suffering from pneumonia coupled with another virus, was on and off a ventilator, and struggling with the results of the virus – was unique and special.
Now, as a friend pointed out to me recently, everyone has a “Mer”, or knows a “Mer” as the impact of coronavirus, with often pneumonia or other complications, seems to be everywhere.  Suddenly, everyone is able to appreciate that the ability to take a long, clean, full breath of air is a precious gift, one that most of us who are fortunate receive over, and over, and over, each and everyday, yet take for granted.
Most of precious little wisdom I have during these tough times was imparted to me by Meredith, and, as we celebrate the second anniversary of her passing, bears mentioning.
There is positivity and thankfulness that we can find all around us, in things big and small.  We can dig our “roots” deep into our network of friends and family who love us, and are here for us.   And if you look outside, no matter how dark it seems outside, I promise you, the leaves are starting to grow.
As we celebrate Meredith’s passing, the Farrell family and all of us Friends of Meredith want you to know that we are here with you, and for you.  That your tragedies are our tragedies, and your triumphs are our triumphs.  We are so thankful for all you have done for us, and hope we can reciprocate same.
Please stay healthy, positive, thankful, and, may Meredith continue to be a melitz yosher (heavenly advocate) for all of us.