Well, we did it. 13.0 not only celebrated her birthday over the weekend, she celebrated her bat mitzvah – and it’s truly an act of family that can pull off the entire event from Friday night services at temple, through the Saturday morning service and the party. For me, the passion driving me to make this happen is the promise I made to Risa to get her children through this milestone in life. So, this bat mitzvah was about passion and a promise.
As I mentioned here earlier this week, I stalled as long as possible putting together the montage that would be shown at the party – avoiding that walk down memory lane. I equally avoided writing the speech because of the raw emotion that bring up within me. In fact, I didn’t write the speech until I took the girls for mani/pedis on Friday afternoon.
In that speech, I spoke to 13.0 about finding things in life that she is passionate about.
Be passionate about what you want to do.
It may be softball, or art, or reading or writing – or something you have not even experienced yet. I can tell you when you are passionate about a goal, achieving it becomes easier and more enjoyable.
And you don’t have to limit yourself to just one passion. Pick your head up from the screen long enough to see the beauty of the world around you – and look into the eyes of the people here today, and know each of them wants you to succeed.
And with that – 13.0 and I stepped to the center of the temple and I took the selfie which is the picture – to remind her of the friends and family she can count on.
Just as I relied on my friends and family to achieve this wish Risa had for her children, and fulfill the promise I made with as much passion as I could muster – I hope that 13.0 will carry that passion beyond her bat mitzvah to all of the things she tries.
A weekend about a bat mitzvah, passion and promise – and all of it well done.