A sentence here a sentence there,
Just a small item that we read,
A virus in Wuhan, where is that?
So we moved on to something else instead.
A mysterious virus wrecking havoc,
We started to listen and to inquire,
Our daily life went on as normal,
But our conversations were set on fire.
It was all so far from our reality,
Not affecting our lives at all.
Just something to read and talk about,
On whatsapp or on a call.
But slowly word started trickling in,
It was coming closer then anticipated,
One case and then another one,
And then it all accelerated!
It affected every area of our life,
Our work our Shuls, our schools,
Our weddings, Bar Mitzvas and our births,
Our Drs, cleaning ladies and malls.
Our normal changed so quickly,
Kids home, masks on, hands gloved.
Our world turned upside down,
As we social distance from those we love.
מידה טובה מרובה ממידת פורענות...
A sentence here a sentence there,
We learnt and spoke and read,
Moshiach seemed so far away
so we moved on to something else instead.
But now Moshiach is in the air,
We listen and we inquire,
Our lives have turned 180 degrees,
Our hearts have caught on fire.
Moshiach has become our reality,
Affecting our lives and all,
It's the talk in our homes, on the Zooms,
In the chats and on our video calls.
Slowly the world starts to see what we need,
All these years we have anticipated,
Hashem we are doing our part, please do Yours,
His arrival must be accelerated!
We bring You in to every area of our life,
Our work, our shuls, our schools,
Our weddings, Bar Mitzvahs and our births,
Chassidus gives us the tools.
We are waiting for our normal to change as quick,
To finally pull off the world's mask,
For Moshiach to come turn our world upside down.
Hashem this is all we ask!
The house is tidy and quiet and empty! I sit with my morning tea, rellishing the stillness and the calm.
My kids are in school!
After breakfast and hot cocoa, hugs and kisses to their sweet little faces, I sent them out, to their friends, to their teachers to a little bit of their normality.
As I sit with the quiet I think of our time together over the past three months and I wonder, did I connect with each one enough? Yes we were together for months on end, we played, we read, we baked. We ate 3 meals a day together and snacks in between. We spoke and then spoke some more. We went hiking through green leafy forests and strolled through medows with mountain views. We danced as my eldest played the keyboard and sang as he strummed the guitar.
But did I get down to the floor enough to play puzzels with my three year old? Did I read him as many books as he would like?
Did I discuss my eight year old's latest obsession with him, with enough enthusiasm? Did I listen with enough intrest while my ten year old philosophied over the world?
While caring for a new baby and everyone home, did I get to connect with each child in his particular language of love?
Did I do enough or were some opportunities missed with these precious boys?
My mind wanders to the time of the Resurrection when mitzvos will be suspended. When we will see G-dliness so clearly and be so united with Hashem that mitzvos will no longer be the way of connection. Will we mourn a rushed davening, a fifth yom tov meal devoid of energy, a favor done half heartedly?
Is there enough detail, depth and joy infused in every mitzvah we do, or is it just something that needs to get done as we continue our day. The Torah tells us היום לעשותם - (Devarim 7:11)
We need to do the mitzvos in this world, refining and elevating our surroundings. They will have no further function in the world to come.
So I take out my siddur and linger over my davening until the baby wakes up.
And with the other boys? Well, I still have afternoons and a long summer ahead to connect with each of them, with joy and in their own special way.
May it be together with Moshiach Tzidkainu too!
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