How much can one expect on life’s journey, or on any trip?
A traditional song on Passover begins with the verse “If He had brought us out from Egypt and not carried out judgments against them, it would have been enough.”
The song goes on in the same vein for another 14 verses, each of which says that if one thing had been done for us and not two, it would have sufficed.
I couldn’t help thinking about that refrain recently, but this time in relation to our children. What do we want from them? What is enough?
If they grow up healthy, it is enough.
If they turn into decent human beings, it is enough.
If they find life partners they can love and respect, it is enough.
If they act to prevent injustice or promote the wellbeing of others, it is enough.
That is what I was thinking when my husband and I arrived in Boston this month to visit two of our children and their families.
But our children taught us that they could exceed our expectations. First, they were superb hosts.
But also, having read in my blog that at the outset of this trip I had lost my favorite watch, the one that used to run backwards, they got together, found another just like it on-line, and presented it to me with the card that appears above. It wasn’t the watch itself (one I had quickly resigned myself to being without), but the love that had prompted them to make the effort, that touched me so. It was much, much more than enough.
Text copyright 2010 by Esther Hecht. No part of the text may be used without written permission of the author.