Wisdom Comes Suddenly

Pick Up Your Dreidels!

December 11th, 2012 · 5 Comments


Hang onto your seatbelts, the girls were a wild ride in the car tonight:

Kelly: I want to celebrate Hanukkah!

Sara: You’re just saying that because you think you’ll get more presents.  MOMMY!  Kelly just stuffed 3 chocolate coins in her mouth!

Mommy: Kelly!  You’d better not leave the papers all over Daddy’s car.  You know he likes a clean car, so pick up your trash.  When you have your own car, you can make whatever kind of a mess you’d like.

Sara: I wouldn’t do that!  That’s not showing respect for property! [Please note these are just words coming from her mouth; I’ve never met a litterbug the likes of Miss Sara.] When you’re an adult you can eat whatever you want too, but I’m going to make healthy choices.

Kelly: NOT ME.  I’m eating Dunkin’ Donuts every single day, and I’m going to tell myself in my head that if I eat any food without sugar in it, I’ll DIE.

Sara: That seems dramatic Kelly.

Kelly: No it’s not.  At the Hanukkah party today, I got to eat jelly donuts. But whatever you do, don’t try the latkes.  They look good, but they’re made out of potatoes.  Yuck.

Mommy: You went to a Hanukkah party today?

Kelly: Uh-huh, and we watched a movie and there was this king and these people, and the good people won.

Mommy: You watched a movie and got presents and tried latkes?!  For heaven’s sakes, how long did this party last?

Kelly: 8 days.

Mommy: Of course it did.  Honey, I see you working your way through that gift bag.  I’d better not find Menorah stickers all over the backseat. And pick up your Dreidels. OH MY GOD.  What am I saying?! GIRLS, get inside and turn on the Christmas tree! We need to talk a little bit about Jesus today too.  People believe different things about heaven.  I’m not certain that any of them are right or wrong.  I simply don’t know.  But our family, personally, believes in the Jesus way.  Do you know how people get into heaven?

Sara: You eat really bad food and never exercise and your body gets sick because you didn’t take care of it.

Mommy: Oh dear.  No honey, that’s a way to die. OK, starting from Square One: a very long, long time ago, God decided to give his only son to the world so that we may be saved from our sins….

Tags: The Girls

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Karin W // Dec 12, 2012 at 8:46 am

    I actually like my kids to celebrate some Jewish holy days like Hanukkah, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Passover (duh – we do it weekly at Communion) because it lets them experience some of the celebrations that Jesus would have participated in. Framed properly, it can promote growth in their religious understandings.

  • 2 Lydia // Dec 12, 2012 at 10:01 am

    I can’t wait to her Kelly’s interpretation when she learns about Kwanzaa….

  • 3 Cooper's Mimi // Dec 12, 2012 at 11:07 am

    We have a dreidel that a classmate gave to Cooper in Pre-K. He uses it as a divining tool to choose what disgusting Halloween candy he’s going to eat for dessert. We like to mix our holidays…

  • 4 Bethany // Dec 12, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Love it!

  • 5 The Momma // Dec 12, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    Stephanie, that’s hilarious! Sara has tons of tops in her Occupational Therapy fine motor skills kit. I think ours landed in there. Dreidels, so versatile. Who knew? It reminds me of the year Baby Jesus kept disappearing out of the manger, and Kelly finally admitted to hiding him because he was naked.