S: Rachel's Bat Mitzvah - January 18th and 19th, 2008
FC: Rachel's Bat Mitzvah Weekend January 18th, 19th, and 20th, 2008
1: I want to start off by wishing Allison and Dayan Mazel Tov on the occasion of their daughter’s Bat Mitzvah and thank them for sharing and hosting this glorious weekend with us. And the same to Amanda, Eric and Sammy as they witness their sister’s ceremony watching her step into Jewish womanhood. Rachel was my first grandchild. Not my oldest, which I guess can seem confusing but in today’s day and age, probably not.. Anyway, I was on the phone with Brad, who some of you know only as Uncle BaBa, immediately after Allison called to say she was in labor and going to the hospital. He asked if I was excited. I said “No. I’m scared.” He said “Why scared?” I said because I have no idea how my life will change. I was fortunate enough to see Rachel only minutes after she was born and I was a goner. I held her, my insides melted, and my life changed forever. You love each of your children with 100% of your heart, yet what you feel for your grandchildren is somehow different – they are the air that you breathe. And I thank Allison and Dayan and Brad and Kerry for giving me these most precious gifts – Maggie, Rachel, Amanda, Eric, Matty and Sammy. Rachel and I have always shared a special bond with things like “Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday kisses” and a major love for chocolate (although that seems to be in our family’s genes). Because she’s my first grandchild, we were able to enjoy a great deal of time together. We watched many, many, many, many hours of Barney and suddenly we were listening to the Backstreet Boys and watching Ricky Martin. We held hands as a plane flew by and scared us. We have talked and shared our thoughts so many times over these twelve years. I’ve proudly watched her grow from a happy infant to a happy toddler, then to a happy little girl. So fast. I blinked, opened my eyes and there was this beautiful young lady. How did this happen? When did this happen? Rachel, you are beautiful – inside and out, smart, funny, honest, kind and so loving. When you smile, your eyes smile and your whole face lights up, brightening my universe. You have the whole world at your fingertips. Choose your path wisely. Make your life decisions carefully and always be the best you can be. Use your knowledge and passion to make those decisions. Never stop dreaming. Never stop laughing. Never stop striving. And never ever stop being my Rach. Some people quote from the Bible, others from the wise and learned. I’m borrowing a line from the Gilmore Girls. Rachel, I am honored to be your Grandma. You know what, baby? I love you.
2: Practicing, Preparing,
3: Rehearsing and Chocolate!
5: The Service
6: The Party!