I was wearing sky high heels and dancing the hora.
Although I can hardly believe it, today is the one-year anniversary of Junior Goo Shoes' Bar Mitzvah!
It was a weekend-long celebration. The service was on Saturday, October 13, and the party was the next day.
For the two years prior, all I did was obsess over every single detail of the service and the party...
...all while working at a full-time job.
And now, today, EXACTLY ONE YEAR after the big event that was truly second to Moses receiving the Ten Commandments (at least in our minds), I finally picked up the sacred Bar Mitzvah photo album from the photographer.
Yes, somehow, without a job to blame my lack of productivity on, it took me ten months to focus on the one remaining post-Bar Mitzvah project -- to select the photos for his album -- and then it took another two months for the photographer to print it.
Junior Goo Shoes has changed so much in this past year, he bears little resemblance to the 13-year old boy with braces in the Bar Mitzvah photos.
Anyhow, it's been fun looking at all the pictures and remembering all of the planning... and headaches...that led up to a truly memorable weekend.
When Junior Goo Shoes was looking through the album as we were driving home today, he said,
"Mom! How could you not notice that I have tomato sauce
on my face in all of the temple pictures?'
At which point i nearly skid off the road.
"WHAT??? Are you kidding me?
"JK! Gotcha good, Mom!"
I guess he was on a roll, or maybe he just wanted to see another driver flip me the bird for veering out of my lane, because he said...
"I know the secret to having a great smile in pictures.
You just have to pretend that you are laughing.
That makes it look natural, instead of DORKY."
"Oh, Junior GS, you don't have to worry about that. You have a beautiful smile."
"I know. I was talking about YOU, Mom!"
The album is beautiful. It took us right back to one of the best weekends of our lives.
Junior Goo Shoes rocked his Torah portion at the service...
He truly made us proud.
We celebrated with a fantastic party.
...Or, at least, I was.
Some may say that I've been too busy blogging to work on my photo books...
...and they would be correct :)
At this rate, I will finish them when JGS leaves for college. Oy vey.