My friend Erin cracks me up. We were invited to her mother-in-law’s house for the second night of Pesach. We Stones were THRILLED to be part of a large family setting for the event–a small Seder at home just isn’t the same. Lots of children meant that Jack wasn’t looking for hidden Matzos on his own and we enjoyed the camaraderie!
The food was amazing, everyone brought specialty dishes and the company was lively and funny. We had a great time! Yet Erin doesn’t seem to love Passover. She says she can’t get past the plagues being such a large part of the meal. She thinks they are unappetizing! She makes funny “blech” sounds when she talks about Passover. I can’t help but laugh.
I kind of get what she’s saying, but I never really thought of it before. Sure, no one really wants live locusts on their dining table. I saw them once at Pet Smart for sale as reptile food and was repulsed!! But ceramic locust napkin rings? Bring it on! Rubber frogs that croak when you walk past, yes please!!
Sure, the Passover story has some sad and truly disgusting elements if you really think about it. But then so does Thanksgiving. Didn’t diseases brought by said Pilgrims wipe out whole Indian tribes post feast? And didn’t the surviving Indians lose nearly all of their land in unfair Pilgrim negotiations? Um, think so! But we don’t think about that stuff. So like Thanksgiving, we celebrate Passover for the good. Creating memories for our Jewish children to appreciate the smells of Passover foods, to know this is a celebration enjoyed around the dining table. It’s remembering the history of our strength and perseverance through tough times. It’s a meal to be celebrated with friends and family that share our faith, to be with people that are bound by the same wonderful traditions. Bugs, boils and all.
So dive into those macaroons and focus on the yum! That’s what I say!!