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Evan's Shabbaton was awesome and he had the time of his life. The Yachad Director talked to us for probably 45 minutes to let us know everything that had happened to him...and we all agreed, it was a life-changing experience for him.

I didn't realize how much though until we brought home McDonald's and he decided he had to show me how to ritually wash my hands and then say a bracha before he ate. Then he informed me he was Orthodox now and planned to have a discussion with our rabbi about separating men and women during services.

I am so proud of him. He is definitely his own man.
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Tonight starts Evan's very first Shabbaton and actually, his very first sleepover at someplace where the primary peeps are not related to us in some way.  I have to admit I am excited and nervous for him although I have downplayed that a lot because I don't want HIM to begin to freak in his own unimitable Evan kind of way.

I found out this morning that he'll be staying at the Yachad Director's house.  That's probably the next best thing to staying with Someone We Know.  We sent Goodnights (that's what they're for right?) and ziplock bags to dispose of them.  We had to purchase white dress shirts for Shabbos and he already had blue slacks and black Skechers.  And his black velvet kippah.

He was asked to give the d'var torah at Shabbos services...what a great honor for him!  He and Aharon have been working on it for two weeks although they did miss this week because Aharon inadvertantly ended up in the ER on Monday night.  I am not sure Evan gets how big of a deal this is and I wasn't planning on telling him.  I figure, let him experience it himself.  This is about him and his growing up and finding his place in the world.  He'll figure it out.

I am nervous though.  Like I was when he spent his first full day in daycare and later, his first half day in kindergarten and still later, his first full day in first grade.  And I know all of those times he made his way and did so very well and I have no doubt whatsoever that he will this time too.

It's just another bittersweet milestone as we all watch this little boy become a man.

On Sunday, we pick him up around lunchtime.  And as usual I am sure he won't tell me a thing and I'll have to extract each detail the way you pull all the good things out of salad first...at least you try to.  All of the memories will be his and what he thinks about what happened and who he met and how he felt will remain locked away.  Little bits will trickle out here and there...probably a year from now, suddenly, it will occur to him to make a comment about part of it.  But for now, it will be a quiet mystery. 

Just like Evan.
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Snowy Sunday morning here and I am up and have showered and washed and dried my hair.  Now to get dressed.  Our agenda today is Sunday School.  The Young Schlichim are coming to do the Tu B'Shvat program - Festival of the Trees.  The little kids don't really know WHAT to think about this kind of thing.  LAST year they refused to drink the four different colors of grape juice.

After that Evan has Yachad.  W, the Yachad lady, wants us to drive a carload of kids to the event since the bus company crapped out on her.  I said we would but it's supposed to snow again...the kind we had when she wrecked her van last weekend and I am not all that wild about taking a 30 minute trip out of the city to a mall I don't really know how to get to in the snow with a bunch of kids in the car I am not related to.  I think we're on standby.  We'll see what's happening at 11:30 just before we leave.  If the roads are covered or starting to glaze...I just don't think we'll be able to do this.  I only went LAST week because I knew W had gotten Ev a cake.

We should get home by 4pm hopefully and then it's the wind down to Monday morning when it's supposed to be butt cold again for the ride to work.  Fortunately this week I don't have anything going except a field trip on Wednesday which is okay because I'll get lunch, with any luck, at Titlow's.  Now the NEXT week is another story.  Three field trips - one of which is a day trip to and from Harrisburg for a meeting.  Unless it snows.

Then ALL bets are off.


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