Thursday, December 13, 2007


There is really no great English equivalent for the Yiddish word "kvelling". Merriam-Webster's online dictionary lists this:
Main Entry: kvell Listen to the pronunciation of kvell
Pronunciation: \ˈkvel\
Function: intransitive verb
Etymology: Yiddish kveln to be delighted, from Middle High German quellen to well, gush, swell
Date: circa 1952
So that's what I'm doing, swelling with pride. My Samuel, the kid who "CAN'T READ", just read from the Torah for the first time this morning! And Sammy got to hold the yad (pointer) for his group, which was a special thrill for him.

That sighing and giggling at the end is me and my friend R, whose daughter is the tall girl next to Sam. I think we were both holding our breaths the whole time they were reading!

Ok, Sofia just found the Nintendo, and is "playing" on it just as seriously as her brothers! Little copycat!

School is closing at 1:30, and I have to go food shopping and distribute the challah, so time to run.


So I made it to school by a little after 12noon, and distributed the challah while Sofia enjoyed visiting the kids in the lunchroom. When we got out, it had just started snowing. We raced over to Linens & Things to get curtains and a pole for the boys' bedroom closet (I'm tired of having the door fall on them!). When we got back outside, it was really coming down hard, and it took twice as long to get back to the school.

We got the boys, and then it took nearly an hour to get home! Fortunately we made it with no problems other than boredom, and the boys and I finally cleared out the garage so I could pull the minivan in (because I can't reach the top of the van to clear snow!).

David is on his way home, but it'll take a long time. Sofia is still napping (fell asleep after the store), boys are watching a movie. I REALLY should do homework!!!!

Stay warm!


Shannon **Gabi's Mom** said...

The promouciation button didn't work for me. How cute that Sofia was trying to play nintendo. Gabi does that all the time. We just give her a controller that isn't plugged in and normally she's happy with that. But now, sometimes we'll find her in Jeremy's room and she has turned everything on and is playing.

amy flege said...

yeh sammy!! how wonderful!!!!
hope you are staying safe and warm!!!