Lately, I’ve been on a quest to seek out wonder in my simple daily life. Apparently, most of my neighbors are having Martha Stewart style breakfasts on their private beaches or country homes, or going on exotic trips. In fact, one of my neighbors just sent their two older children to Paris for sleep-away camp for a couple of weeks. So here I am challenged to find wonder with my limited budget, which means a staycation at home. Turns out, it was one of the best memorable summers with my family.
I get the most amazing long cuddles with my kiddos every morning. Sometimes, the girls will let me sleep in and will bring me a cup of coffee to my bed. Of course, not every morning is so glorious. If Sam and I sleep in too long, hell will sort of break loose. Upon waking, we have found our apartment covered in glitter, tape, and string. Sometimes we find trails of books coursing through our abode. Literally, every book that they can reach has been used to cover the floor. It is actually quite amazing.
So, I am slowly finding wonder. My kids are teaching me wonder. “Mommy, look down. Do you see my picture of Jesus?” Turns out Khloe thinks Jesus wears a rainbow skirt, adorns his head in shaggy dreads, and wields a sword. Think rastafari warrior Jesus. There even appears to be what looks like a smoking joint in his hand, but I don’t want to be over interpret things. “Mommy, look up! Do you see the clouds that look like a turtle dancing?” Their imaginations are incredible. “Mommy, come and jump in the bed in your undies!” How could I resist?
In our wonder, we trek through this concrete jungle and meet amazing strangers along the way. We bond with bus drivers and artists, and chase enormous bubbles through Central Park. We make sand angels on the beach. We hold our breath as we ride the air tram to and from Roosevelt Island. We role play as knights and princesses eating dinner while sitting in our favorite diner. We stay up late dancing and eating cookies. Time doesn’t own us. We take our time finding glee and wonder.
As I continue to look for wonder, Sam and I have been blessed to go on many spontaneous dates this past couple of weeks. One of them was overnight. It’s been more than five years since we did anything spontaneous overnight without the kids. So we indulged in yummy food and delicious drinks. Got a little buzzed, maybe a little crazy. The only regret, not doing this sooner. Thank you community for allowing us to experience this wonder again.
I realize wonder is also about restoring friendship. Wonder is learning to let go and breathe. Wonder is trying something new and learning to laugh at yourself. Wonder is choosing silly over formality. Wonder is reaching out to another fellow human and sharing stories. Wonder is also seeking out God again and again.
May we continue to find wonder and glee. Happy Sabbath!
Sarah McCash, Citylights Community Coordinator
This upcoming Sabbath (breakfast starts 11am and service begins at 11:30am)
From the beaches, and the lakes, from foreign countries, and snow capped mountains. From the airplanes, and sea planes, from trains, and ships, and automobiles, we return. We return to the rhythms of fall. The rhythms of life. The rhythms of community.
This Sabbath we will ask the question that will be asked in grade schools across the country; “What did you learn on your summer vacation/sabbatical?” We will sing, share, embrace and pray.
Yoga by Peter Steens
Every 1st and 3rd Sabbath of the month. Next Yoga Practice is Sept. 17. Suggested donations is $10. Please bring a mat and water bottle.
Citykids Party will be every 2nd Saturday of the month. Please note, next Citykids Party will be Sept.24.
Citykids Sabbath School will meet every Sabbath except on the 2nd of the month. Next Sabbath School will meet Sept. 17.
All monetary donations and checks can be written to:
Citylights Community and mailed to:
P.O. BOX 239 New York, NY 10026
INFORMATION AND DIRECTIONS
Service begins at 11:00am with light breakfast!
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