The Cool Succah Decoration I Made
I am feeling really proud of myself and this awesome succah decoration I, two-left-hands Chana Jenny, made at the community center event for moms this week (good thing I was sitting next to Ganenet Shulamit, who is on sabbatical this year from teaching 4-year-olds, and was able to guide me through the project at just the right speed for a craft-dyslexic like me).
At the event, a woman taught us a paper-shaping technique called quilling (if you don’t know what that is, like I didn’t, I’ve included a basic how-to video below).
Why am I posting my crafts project on such an auspicious day as the 25th of Elul, the anniversary of the Creation of the World? Cause today is the due date for all Rabbi Nivin students to finish up our first draft for our “Elul Plans”–which means a detailed list of our goals for 5777, in all sorts of areas of life.
And this year, my yearly direction, the main focus of my year, is very different than it’s been in recent years.
Starting five years ago, every year my yearly direction was related somehow to coping with the aftermath of the Nachlaot Pedophile Crisis. Even this past year’s yearly direction, getting used to our new neighborhood, was kind of related to the Nachlaot crisis, since we ended up leaving Nachlaot after 20 years because of it.
So I am really excited that this is the first year in many years that my yearly direction has nothing to do with pedophiles or any crisis of any kind. It’s not a direction that’s been forced upon me, but rather one that I am choosing with joy.
This year my freely-chosen yearly direction is to invest a bit more in my children, in my marriage, and in myself–through self-care and doing stuff I love to do.
Like doing cool arts and crafts like this…