The Happy Mom Miracle
I’m planning to share a few miracle stories to get us into the Chanukah spirit.
I just heard this story from a friend, and knew I had to share. This is what she told me:
A few years ago I was feeling really down. I was suffering and my whole family was suffering along with me.
So one day I sat down and made a list of things I could do to feel happier. And I came up with two things.
1. I would like to go to a water aerobics class.
2. I would like to eat some roasted almonds.
These two things might sound silly, but in Israel they also cost quite a bit of money, something which is generally very tight in our home.
So I mentioned my dream list to my husband, and he insisted I treat myself. No matter the cost.
So that next morning I went to the water aerobics and had so much fun, and on the way home I splurged and bought a bag of fresh roasted almonds for the first time in years. I felt recharged and replenished after that morning for many days.
The amazing thing was that the next morning my husband received an Email from a distant relative. He had heard our family was growing and we were struggling financially and he decided to send us a gift of almost $20,000! That made a big difference in our lives that year.
And you know what that gift taught me?
It reminded me that if I had cried over my Sefer Tehillim all night and a miracle like that would have happened, I wouldn’t have been nearly as surprised. Or if I had prayed at the grave of a Tsaddik. Or given tsedaka. Or if I’d done another big mitzvah.
And this experience showed me that taking care of myself so I am a happy person and mother and wife is also a big mitzvah. Hashem knows that, and now because of that $20,000 I finally know it too.