Just want to
take a moment to wish you, readers, a Happy and Healthy New Year.
believe the “holiday season” is over. I’m lucky; I get to celebrate all the
As a kid
growing up in a kosher home in a mostly Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn, the
only time I touched a Christmas tree ornament was when a friend who lived down the
hall in the projects placed one in my hand. I promptly crushed it to bits,
unaware of its fragility. Give me a sturdy menorah and eight nights of
shock set in as a teenager relocated to the rural/suburban Village of
Voorheesville on the foothills of the Helderbergs. It wasn’t until then that I
realized I was living in an essentially Christian country, and for the first
time I felt very much the outsider. I found a sense of community in a Jewish
a few decades: At SUNY Binghamton I fell in love with a Catholic with whom I’m
still in love — with 34 years of marriage under our belt.
I lit the
menorah — this year using the electric one my dad made — and the week before
Christmas, put up a tree. One of my traditions is welling up as my son 23-year-old
son Joe and I hang my most precious ornaments, the ones hand-painted by my mother-in-law,
who died much too young at age 59. My favorite shows our house in winter with a
2-year-old David, who’s now 25, bundled up in a snowsuit.
Well, the religious
holidays are over, and now it’s New Year’s Eve. That’s one we can all
heading out shortly for an evening with a couple who were married a week before
us. We’ve welcomed in the New Year together for more years than I can remember,
at parties, family get-togethers and foursomes. That’s another tradition I
first to make New Year’s resolutions and the first to break them. One that I’d
like to keep is to make my husband happy by being on time. Let’s see if I can
start with that right by being on time for New Year’s Eve.