Last year around this time, William and I were chatting on our way home from Lehrhaus as we are wont to do. In Lehrhaus we learn from the texts of our tradition, the sage rabbis and scholars who came before us, our engaging teacher, Mr. Rosenberg, and from each other. It was 9 January 2018 and we were talking about the year ahead and what makes us happy. I had one of those special parenting moments that are precious and too rare. I know the secret to happiness, I revealed on that drive home.
Having deep relationships, doing meaningful work, helping others, handling trouble with dignity and grace, and of course, enjoying our white-eyelashed pup, Lucille. If you can manage to foster deep relationships, find work that is meaningful, and help others, you will live a life that is worthwhile by enriching others and yourself. And when trouble finds you, as it will, keeping calm and carrying on will get you to the other side. Petting a loving pooch will also do you more good than you know, for you and the pooch.
I wrote it down so as not to forget. A year later, it still rings true to me. Another year has also brought little sister to Lehrhaus. William graduates this year. Sarah has two more years to go. The days are long, but the years are short. May the wisdom continue.
Amy Claver is the mother of two students in Lehrhaus at Ezra-Habonim, the Niles Township Jewish Congregation. Lucille has been known to also make an appearance at Lehrhaus.