Mother Daughter Group #2Posted: October 29, 2012
We had our second Mother Daughter Group last night and it was really fantastic. I was a bit worried that Hurricane Sandy was going to pre-empt our event, but I was pleasantly surprised that not only did Sandy not interfere with our plans, but she also cancelled school for today so our evening was more relaxed and no one had to rush home to make lunches, do homework and get the girls to bed. (Then again, I do believe that I am probably the one that gets most anxious about Sunday night events to which my friends will attest, but that is another post altogether).
Last night’s event took place at my house. We had planned a Halloween gathering with costumes, crafts and spooky food.
The girls and moms arrived in costumes with a great deal energy, carrying bags and platters and treats. We began the evening in the basement with a craft I had found online from Martha Stewart. I first had to explain to the girls who Martha is, and then proceeded to inform them that I am in no way, shape or form anywhere similar to the insanely compulsive Queen of the Craft (although, I may beg to differ about the creator of the sweets pictured above).
Other than the glitter all over my basement for the next 6 years, and the gold speckled toilet that the girls decided to adorn while washing their hands, the sparkle pumpkins were a huge success.
Our next move was dinner. I had grown tired of cardboard box pizza, so I whipped up some pasta and garlic bread while others contributed salad and sides. The girls laughed and chatted away in the kitchen while the moms gathered in my dining room. At one point, the moms were laughing so hard that we were blatantly hushed by the girls. I gather we are bonding quite well, but are not supposed to out-fun our 6th grade daughters.
After dinner we retreated back into the basement and gathered for some discussion. Our jumping off point was to explain to the girls that traditional religious Jewish people don’t celebrate Halloween (read here for more information about the religious basis for
depriving sheltering some religious Jewish kids from abundant Reeses and Three Musketeer Bars). We reminded the girls that had gone to Jewish pre-schools that they weren’t allowed to dress up for Halloween in pre-school, nor was there any mention of Halloween in the pre-school craft curriculum.
We then bridged the discussion to how the girls feel in December being the only (which they all seem to be) Jewish student in their secular school classes. There was a lively discussion about what it is like to be unique or different amongst your classmates. It was wonderful to see the girls sharing and participating where the month before their discussion had been a bit more guarded. They all seemed engaged and interested in sharing and hearing what others had to say.
Dessert was next and then we finished up with one more craft. The girls had all brought a black and white photo of themselves and proceeded to create these fun projects:
As they left and I did a bit of clean up (the glitter-mess still awaits me in the basement), I felt so proud of the whole evening. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and have a nice time. As the girls gathered up their costume remains and crafts, I heard them talking about what our plans will be for next month. The sign of success!