It’s still dark out when I arrive in the synagogue parking lot. As I enter the building, I try wiping the tired out of my eyes.
I don’t succeed.
Over the past two plus weeks, morning service has started extra early. This is necessary in order to go through the selichot prayers (During these prayers, we ask for forgiveness not on account of our capabilities but primarily through God’s 13 attributes of mercy, which are the central theme of the service.).
These prayers culminate on the morning before Yom Kippur. This year Yom Kippur arrives on Tuesday night. It’s known as the Day of Atonement and is considered the holiest day of the year. This day provides one an opportunity to repent for past sins, missteps, etc, (as well as a time to ask for — in the new year). However, true repentance does not happen in a day.
Three weeks. 21 days. That can be a long time or a short time. It all depends on what’s being measured.
In this case, it’s time between blog posts.
Three weeks in between blog posts here at MeMyselfandKids is unprecedented. In the five plus years (I can’t believe it’s that long either) I’ve been blogging, I’ve never gone even close to as long as twenty one days between posts.
I used to post twice a week and add a bonus post on Summer Fridays. Last year, I went down to posting once a week. My goal is to get the post out on Friday morning. But of course, life happens and sometimes I can’t keep to my blog schedule.
So, why 21 days?
School is back in session.
We’re closer to Halloween than we are to July 4th.
The temperatures in the outer suburbs at night are in the upper 40’s.
So, what does that mean?
Summer is over. Well not officially, but for all practical purposes, it is.
We had some good times this summer some of which I’ve shared here. Those moments when the MMK family thinks back to the summer of ’16, we’ll have some fun memories to make use smile.
I don’t know if it will be remembered as the summer of our trip to DC, or the summer of Baseball Camp or STEM Camp, or the summer we saw Lucy the elephant. No difference. It was simply a summer filled with fun moments.
Here are some of those moments.
P.S. Make sure to share a summer pic in the comments. Keep the summer alive.
Beginnings can be scary, intimidating, and upsetting. They also can be fun and exciting. Plenty of times, they’re both.
Pictures are floating around Facebook of parents sending their children off to school for the first day. Smiles abound. It makes me wonder what if every day was the first day of the school year.