In many Orthodox Jewish households, women bemoan the onset of Pesach (Passover) cleaning, in the same tones I imagine Paul Revere using to announce the onset of British invasion.
Really ladies…. This is a pet peeve of mine.
Peasch is Pesach.
OK., it’s work. It is tiring. But…..
Lets not make Passover an annual tragedy. It isn’t.
Don’t teach your offspring to dread the holiday due to having a frazzled mom.
Tragedy is my email friend Eli losing her daughter last week.
And the same day, a friend lost her battle with cancer. Somehow, we her friends all found time to make it to the funeral.
It reminds me of an incident that happened years ago. A friend who had a baby with a disability was in a post-partum mother’s convalescence home and saw a woman crying horrifically because her son’s bris (circumcision) had been postponed at the last minute. She bitterly said, “I know that she has a right to cry, it is an upset for her, but does she REALIZE that it is a passing worry?”
We all cry at times about things that others feel are not that important. Even minor upsets can be stressful when they happen. I understand that.
But Passover comes every year. You know it is coming. So either start early, or, if you can’t, so do the minimum. You don’t have to scrub the entire place spotless. It’s nice, but not necessary, and you know it. Keep in mind that your kids having a happy mom is SO much more important than doing things that don’t have to be done.
Yea, I know that you are tired.
… there are people in the hospital this week
… there are people sitting shiva (mourning)
….there are people who don’t have money to buy food for Passover
So if you and everyone in your family is well, and you have the health to clean, and your husband helps you out a bit here and there…
Try and be a bit grateful and SHUT UP!