So what can you really accomplish in five minutes?
I believe that there are little steps we can take — even in our crazy busy lives — to help our families know that they’re important.
Here’s the beginning of a list. Please add your own thoughts.
1. Add something fresh from your yard to the dinner table. Cut a single flower or a sprig of green. Just a snippet from a spruce tree or dogwood or whatever is handy works. Put it in a jelly jar. You don’t need to arrange the perfect bouquet.
2. Have your child arrange a few pretty fruits or vegetables in a bowl in the center of the table. (When I was little, I insisted on creating a fruitable bowl — a mix of fruits and veggies. My mother was very patient with me. Thanks, Mom!)
3. Use the cloth napkins once in a while. Friday night dinner is a great time for that. (I’ve found napkins that don’t require ironing; no surprise, they’re now my favorites!)
4. If you have a dish or bowl with an interesting color or pattern (you don’t need a whole set — just one!), use that to honor someone’s special day. Had a great piano lesson? Won a soccer game? Learned something cool? Finished a good book? Give that person the “special” dish.
5. For readers in the family, add a little note to a lunch bag. You can get the lovely pre-printed kind on cardstock — or just jot a few words on a sticky note or 4 x 6 card that says “Thinking of you. Have a great day!”
We’ll talk in an upcoming blog about how these small but important gestures can be woven into a celebration of Judaism.
OK — you take it from here! What are your favorite quickie ways to create a “ta-da” moment in your family?