OmerChallenge: Day 42

Today is forty-two days which are six weeks in the Omer.
Hayom shnayim v-arba’im yom shehaym shishah shavuot la-omer.

Something you enjoy

(Keeping the implicit “Jewish” theme in mind. Otherwise this post is going to be about chocolate, Farscape, and the comic XKCD.)

Hmm… so many things. Shabbat, warm challah, the first blast of horseradish on Passover, the first taste of bread after Passover, the feeling of being transported during a moment of prayer (which comes more often than I expected but it’s not constant. You have to want it, and work for it, and you appreciate it each time it happens.).

One of the things I didn’t expect to like as much as I have is becoming shomer Shabbat. Which is very very recent. I predicted (to myself. I didn’t want to throw off the enthusiasm of my family) that I would certainly tolerate the weekly 25 hour shutdown, but that it would be a constant nagging ache – the urge to grab my cellphone or run over to my computer.

Nope. I practically leap off the grid each week, and really enjoy the mental quiet. Living in our new (predominantly observant) neighborhood, there’s a whole host of things to keep my family and I occupied.

I’m willing to admit that, as the novelty wears off and the days grow longer this summer, I might change my tune. But I don’t plan on changing my behavior.

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