First of all, let me start by saying HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my beautiful boy, Nicholas. He turns 12 years old today, my little Halloweenie. I have a post about him for tomorrow. Right now, I think I will post this little piece of delight from Esther.
A very close friend of the family recently lost her husband. It was an expected death after a long, drawn out illness. Deena is my mothers closest friend and has always had a great love for me and my children as well. She has been very good to us over the years. When word came about that her husband had passed, I immediately jumped online to send flowers. Deena and I share a mutual love for lillies, so I sent her a peace lily in a Lenox vase. It would be something she can keep long after the roses she received had wilted and withered away.
Enclosed was a card that read:
"There is nothing that can be said during this trying time. Words will never be enough to sustain us through our grief. I pray that you find strength from God to deliver you peace. May God's love find you and help you through this. I wish for Bill Godspeed to the Kingdom of Heaven
With undying love and sincere sympathy,
CP, Hotband, Nick and Samantha."
I am very mindful that Deena is not necessarily a religious woman but rather, a woman of faith. I share those beliefs with her. I strongly believe in the presence of God in my life, though being Jewish, we do not believe in Heaven. Still, in Deena's religion of catholicism, Heaven does exist.
Apparently, at some point, Esther saw this card from me and felt the need to immediately pick up the phone.
"Since when are you a Jesus freak?"
"Excuse me," I say. "What are you talking about? And, by the way...HELLO would be nice."
"Whatever, hello, okay? Now what is with all this God and Jesus and Lord Almighty that you ran on and on about in Deena's card?"
"Is that what this is about?"
"Yeeeeeeeeeeees, that is the reason I called. To find out when you got all Hare Krishna on us."
"Are you nuts?"
"Are you," she replies.
"First of all," I counter, "where in that card did I mention Jesus? I never said a word about Jesus Christ. And so what if I had? What's the big deal? He is a part of her religion. It is who she would turn to in a time of need. Why does that reflect on me?"
"And what is this Holy Kingdom stuff?"
"Mom, just because we don't believe in Heaven doesn't mean that I can't bring the notion of it up to someone who does."
"So you haven't converted or something?"
"Woman," I say, "are you insane? If I talk about the color green, does it mean I am a green person? What the hell are you saying?"
"I just thought you were shirking your duties as a Jewish woman."
"My duties as a Jewish woman? What might those be?"
"You know, Temple...rye bread and shopping."