We do our best to attend smachot (celebrations).
Years ago, after attending a friend's funeral, we realized that if we drop everything to attend something so sad, then it is just as important, if not more so, to drop everything in order to attend celebrations.
From that point on, we really made it a priority to attend smachot whenever possible.
That said, over the past few years, we have missed several happy occasions, primarily britot (marking the birth of a son), due to the early hour of the celebration combined with the event being held some distance from our home.
Well, this morning, Moshe's first cousin, RH, celebrated the birth of his first son! Moshe and I agreed that we would make every effort to attend the brit, despite the distance and the early hour.
When we arrived, we really felt that the "new" parents appreciated that we made the effort to attend.
Due to heavy traffic, the trip took much longer than we expected and we arrived a bit late. The family made us feel so welcome and appreciated, that we really we felt it was worth the effort!
The simcha itself was very emotional and moving.
Moshe's cousin and his wife already had four wonderful, healthy daughters. Now, they gave birth to their second set of twins: their fifth daughter and their first son!
The father's father (moshe's uncle) passed away many years ago, when Moshe's cousin was just a little boy, only four years old. Now, Moshe's cousin could name his new son after his father, and his son's grandfather. Everyone had tears in their eyes, when Moshe's cousin spoke about passing on his father's legacy to his newborn son.
We all felt the absense of Moshe's aunt, the "new" grandmother, who could not be at the brit because a different granddaughter (the "new" father's niece) is getting married tomorrow in the US!
Thank God for so many simchas!
The brit was such a meaningful experience. I really appreciate the time we spent with Moshe's cousins; they are all so special. I really feel blessed to have "inherited" such a warm and caring family.
I am so glad we were able to share in this simcha!
Please daven (or send happy, healing thoughts) for RivkA bat Teirtzel.
With love and optimism,
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