Welcome to month 11 of the “Who I Am project. This month the prompt is “Medicine for your soul,” and like my previous posts, I wrote this as if I were speaking to Eve (and any other children I have in the future).
Sometimes I am grateful for your innocence. I wish I could bundle you up it in, swaddle you tightly like the day you were born.
You don’t really know what has been happening in our country lately, the hate and the fear that people are living in. I try not think about it, but I feel the fear, especially as a mom.
During this time I have been reminded about the things that feed my soul. The things and people in my life that ground me and give me hope.
Like your snuggles. Touch is one of my love languages, and thank goodness you a big cuddler. I drink in those times we lay in embraced in each others’ arms, your warm little body nestled inside mine and your tiny hands cupping my face. I know this won’t always be the case, so I drink it in when I can.
Or time spent with good friends. I am fortunate to have some of the best friends, women and men who have been in my life for many years. They are people I can count on for a good laugh; to be there to help me, no questions asked; to be a shoulder to cry on; to make me lose track of time.
And making jewelry. I can lose myself in the jewelry studio, channeling my creativity through my hands and using that energy to make something beautiful or to raise money for a worthy cause.
Dance parties with you and Papa. This new family tradition is quickly becoming one of my favorites. We can all be relaxed and silly as we rock out to a Winnie the Pooh record.
Holidays with family. You know how important our family Thanksgiving traditions are to me. In a world filled with so much uncertainty, it’s nice to have some consistency and to be with those who fill my life with love.
Family dinners, particularly our Friday night Shabbat dinners. It’s a time for us to slow down, put technology down, and be together as a family. (It’s also a nice excuse to eat in our dining room and set the table all fancy!)
The “Who I Am” project is a year-long monthly series that my friend Dana at Kiss My List started as a way to create a virtual scrapbook of your life to tell your kids, grandkids, spouse, friends, or whoever who you are. You can link up our posts, which goes live the third Tuesday of the month, on either of our blogs, and sign up to receive the prompts at the beginning of each month via e-mail. The themes so far have been Childhood, Love, Quirks & Habits, How you’ve changed since you were a child, Favorite Places, Betcha Didn’t Know, Things I Love, Education, and Traditions.