17 October 2005
the perfect holiday for gals with tools
I mentioned in my Yom Kippur post that Politica and I have different motives, sometimes, for celebrating holidays. Some people would say that Sukkot is all about building a right world, or celebrating the harvest. Politica's sense of the holiday: a chance to use tools! She gets the Good Egg award for coming up with a sukkah design (modeled very loosely on this one (minus the thatch roof, curtains, and swimming pool!) and then redesigning on the fly three times at Lowe's when the right materials weren't available).
So we spent yesterday building a sukkah. Curious Girl was a great helper (click through to see a few other shots of CG and Politica at work). Towards the end she was dancing in the sukkah, singing a medley of "I've Got a Shabbat Feeling Down in my Toes," "You've Got to Jump In the Sky" (which may be an original creation) and "Hiney Mah Tov" as we assembled the sides. She's a happy child. I have no idea what if any ritual we will do in our sukkah, but it's a happy place.
Now she wants to sleep in the sukkah, but I draw the line there. I think we'll have a few outdoor meals (something she's always angling for no matter the weather). So, a holiday with something for the do-it-yourselfer, the person who likes to be outdoors, and the person who likes to cook. Something for everyone.