Honestly, I’m far too scattered to share anything profound. I'm thinking in lists, not paragraphs, in small units, not abstractions. Hanukkah, Christmas--Christhanakwanzika, as the DJs on 92.3 FM refer to the festivities that have engulfed me—have engulfed me.
What’s a nice Jewish girl to do? Drive two hours for a ham, what else?
And an hour for the 8th grader to spend some quality time with her bestest friend, which is what happens if your child goes to private school and not to the local public school.
And soak the glasses, mugs and cutlery in a vinegar-dishsoap-water mixture to remove the hard-water rime from them.
And go to CVS three times, each time forgetting the annual Toblerone for the husband’s stocking.
And hand-grate the potatoes for the latkes because the grater attachment for the Cuisinart is broken—which I forgot, since the only time I use that attachment is to make latkes, and the only time I make latkes is once a year.
Last year, I made so many latkes it was wondrous. And then, two weeks after Hanukkah, which must have been Christmas, I opened up the oven to put in something (the goose?) and discovered a full platter of gorgeously browned two week old latkes.
Reader, I ate them.
Okay, no, I didn’t. But it hurt to throw them out.
This is a week for scaling back the idea of success to small goals:
Do a few minutes of yoga every morning so you don’t turn into a two week old latke that crumbles instead of bends.
Remember the Toblerone.
Remember the new Aerobed.
Remember the needy (and I’m not speaking of myself here, my tens of readers)
Drive the Prius to the ham and the bestest friend and use the time for some isometric abdominal exercises, since there is no time for the gym.
Walk the dog for some nice, fresh, suburban air and wonder, dispassionately, if this will be the year the tree falls over. It's listing to the left, just a little.
And let me pass on my accountant’s take on success, since she shared it with me and the husband yesterday: That success is doing what makes you happy.
What are your scaled back goals for the holiday season?