It’s bedtime when I make the discovery. My oldest son is already tucked under the covers, reading the Almanac, while I’m going through his drawers to pick out clothes for the next day. I know I should let him take this task over, but for some strange reason, I enjoy it. Besides, I’ll pretty much do anything to make our morning routine a little less hectic. Knowing that my children have mom-approved outfits ready to go helps me sleep a little bit better.
“Mom, come look at this. They have Hanukkah down as one of the major Jewish holidays, even though it isn’t,” my son says.
I peek over at the Almanac to see what he’s talking about, and indeed, Hanukkah is included among the heavy hitters: Passover, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur. This being the Almanac, the list contains a calendar for each holiday over the next four years. And that’s when I see it. The date smacks me in the face, startling me and stinging me like a stubbed toe.
I stare at the page, but the words don’t change. They boldly broadcast the date of Yom Kippur 2015–September 23. AKA: my 40th birthday.
Come on over to Kveller to learn more about my Yom Kippur birthday.