Every year, I do something special for Tu B'Shvat. We usually have a seudah (festive meal) with shiv'at haminim (the seven fruits/grains that are native to Israel). We often invite guests.
It's a fun holiday, with no restrictions. And there are lots of interesting things to talk about... and eat!
This year, we were invited to TWO Tu B'Shvat parties.
We would have had a great time at either of the two events, both of which were out of the city.
And, most importantly, I did not need to prepare anything.
Moshe would drive, I just needed to sit in the passenger seat.
It was too much.
I just could not go.
I did not feel well.
So, instead, I stayed home, and did nothing at all.
My girls were at gymnastics; my son was at Ofek (an afternoon program for gifted kids); and Moshe was at work.
I felt a little sad... but, only a little.
I just cannot do everything.
I am tired.
Some thing has to go.
So, this year it was Tu B'Shvat. The day came and went and I did absolutely nothing to mark the day.
There is always next year!
Please daven (or send happy, healing thoughts) for RivkA bat Teirtzel.
With love and optimism,
Dear Mr. Surgeon,
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