|Oreo flower cookies|
During that time, and again when Jonny needed brain surgery recently, our family was the recipient
of so much kindness and care, messages and meals, and love and laughter.
When your husband or child is sick you submit unwillingly at first and then extremely gratefully to that care and attention.
I don’t know about you, but I would much rather be giving than receiving. I would prefer to be the one cooking the meal, listening to someone talk about their tough situation, running the errands or giving the hug. But learning to receive is an art in itself.
In between Benjy’s two surgeries, in March 2010, we celebrated the Jewish festival of Purim.(Click this link for Purim story and customs ) It is customary on that day to give and receive mishloach manot (from the Hebrew, meaning the sending of gifts) and to donate money to charity. The gift should comprise a minimum of two different kinds of “ready to eat” food such as fruit and cake.
I was so happy to be able to give something to someone else and had a brainwave to “theme” our Purim gifts with hearts in honor of Benjy’s healing heart. Thank goodness I had thought of this before Valentines’ Day arrived, well in advance of Purim and heart bags, heart shaped chocolates and cookies were easy to come by and Jacob delivered the goodies on the day of Purim, to our local friends on his skateboard. In return we received many parcels at our front door as the neighborhood buzzed with deliveries and acceptance.
|All the ingredients|
So instead you’ll probably be relieved to know this year’s idea is a much more appealing one- flowers.
And with Easter coming, it is a much easier one to create with the stores currently full of flower power. I have flower cookies from The Sunflower Bakery www.sunflowerbakery.org/ . Jacob and I have made chocolate roses and pretzel daisies and decorated Oreos with flowers and sprinkles. We also have flowery gift bags and a flower accented Purim message. -Yes we have taken the theme to its extreme.
So this year we are sending (edible) flowers, sending thanks and sending love and Purim gives our family the chance to give and receive in equal parts.
|Jacob making chocolate roses|
(*In the spirit of Purim and its joyous, colorful traditions my paragraphs are also celebrating in technicolor.)