Wednesday, March 24, 2010
For those of you celebrating Passover next week, I hope your holiday is full of love, family, friends, memories, and good food. Here's a two-page journal spread I did a couple of years ago for Artful Journaling class. The first page shows a 1940's photo of my mother's family (the Harry and Beckie Fox family of Baltimore, MD) at one of their legendary Seders. The second page has a circle constructed of decorative paper; each section has a Passover-related word on the top, and opens to show a member of my family. This holiday has a bittersweet theme (the freeing of the Israelites from Egyptian slavery), and it's certainly bittersweet for me. It makes me think of all of my relatives who are gone, who sat around Seder tables with me since I was very small. I'll especially miss my Dad this year; the journal pages above were created just after his last Passover-- a few weeks before he passed away. But other family members (including Ryan --coming in from Austin!) will be here at my table with me. And we'll be visiting more relatives to share a meal during the holiday.
So, I am doing what many Jewish women are doing at this time of year: cooking, cleaning, running to the store for forgotten items, organizing, remembering, and looking forward as well.