OmerChallenge: Day 35

Today is thirty-five days which are five weeks in the Omer.
Hayom chamishah ushloshim yom shehaym chamishah shavuot la-omer.

Describe your dream house

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The house of my dreams would be full.

Full of friends who didn’t need to knock, nor would they need a key because the door was never locked.

Full of ideas and conversation about those ideas.

Full of kids – both my own and their friends – who could come and go and raid refrigerators, because that’s what kids do –  but who also would find a place at the table where their ideas were heard and given credence.

Full of bookshelves that ran floor to ceiling and wall to wall; which where themselves full of books of every stripe – from coloring and board books to works of fiction to heavy tombs of obscure knowledge.

This house would also be full of food – not because the food itself (neither quality nor quantity) was the point, but because I’ve always associated it with hospitality. To put food on the table – food which was thoughtfully chosen and prepared – is an indication of how you choose to share your blessings with others.

The house of my dreams would be full of noise – of life, of interactions, of people going through the messy (and loud) process of getting to know each other and getting to know themselves.

The house would be full of shalom. Of course “peace”, but more essentially completeness. The shalom of arrivals, departures and making connections that bring understanding full circle.

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