Sunday, October 11, 2009

Portrait of a girl on her way to meet God

This past week was the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, which, I'm guessing, looks like one of the stranger things we do. We build a sukkah, or a temporary room, outside on our deck and we eat out there and in traditional terms, one would sleep outside, as well. (The first year we lived in this neighborhood our neighbors watched us pulling our canvas tarps up and asked if we were installing a hot tub.)

Friday was one of those strange and wonderful October days where the temperature went into the 80s and it was still warm by evening. The holiday period for sleeping outside in the sukkah had technically come and gone but the thing was still standing and the night was so beautiful so E and I decided to have an adventure of it. We blew up side-by-side Aerobeds and grabbed our necessary pillows and blankets and stuffed animals, of course, and if in the name of my daughter's religious education I have to go to sleep with her at 8:30pm, well, I'll make the necessary tough sacrifices.

September 9, 2009
Portrait with sleep gear under the stars

As we lay talking and enjoying the warm breezes and slowly drifting off to sleep, we watched the sky through the loosely woven bamboo slat roof. A maple seed whirligig fell through the slats and brushed against E's cheek. Whoa! Why did that fall on me? She held up the seed.

I teased her: "Maybe that was God's way of kissing you goodnight."
Mama, because God has no mouth?
"That's right, love. God doesn't have a body like we do."
And God has no hands, right? So how does He make things? How did He make the whole world with no hands?
"Well, we don't know, love. That's one of the things we don't know the answers to right now."
But God knows?
"Of course. God knows how God works."
Only God solved the mysteries of God? God is the only one who solved all the mysteries?
"I guess so, sweetie. God is the only one who solved all the mysteries."
I'm glad we're sleeping outside. Now I understand about God.

And then we fell asleep. And around 1am we had to abandon camp because it began raining on us. The next morning when we woke up indoors E didn't remember moving inside, but she did remember being kissed by God.
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cndymkr / jean said...

What a beautiful thing, being kissed by God. Your daughter is very lucky.

Megan@SortaCrunchy said...

Okay, completely in tears over here. This is BEAUTIFUL!

I'm glad we're sleeping outside. Now I understand about God.

There's an essay in there somewhere.

Emily said...

This is a beautiful story. Really, your family sounds delightful.