Wooing the Wow of Now: Making the Mundane Miraculous

The Wow of Pumpkin Picking on Columbus Day/Sukkot

The Wow of Pumpkin Picking on Columbus Day/Sukkot

“The Land is Mine and you are but sojourners and residents with Me.”  (Deuteronomy 25:23)

Rabbi Lynnda, daughter Beth, grandchildren Darren and Sage and husband Larry ready to board the hay ride at Johnson's Corner Farm

Rabbi Lynnda, daughter Beth, grandchildren Darren and Sage and husband Larry ready to board the hay ride at Johnson’s Corner Farm

The intersection of Sukkot, the Jewish harvest holiday and the American holiday of Columbus Day was a big WOW on Monday. The synchronization of the secular and Jewish holidays became the perfect comingling for a glorious morning.

Sage in the pumpkin patch.

Sage in the pumpkin patch.

Pumpkin picking followed by picnic lunch and shopping for homemade goodies in the farmer’s market and bakery at Johnson’s Corner Farm in Medford, New Jersey with our daughter, Beth and our delicious grandchildren, Sage and Darren was sheer bliss.

The hay ride through the apple orchards, corn stalks and pumpkin patches was reminiscent of my childhood in Reading, PA near the Amish community.

And it was just plain WOW to spend time with our darling grandchildren on a holiday on which Jewish tradition specifically commands happiness and America celebrates its discovery.

The day inculcated how important it is to create and maintain memories and rituals with your loved ones. So, what is your WOW of NOW? What Wow are you Woowing? Moadim l’simcha. Enjoy your holidays, your days and your rituals…

Darren with his pumpkin

Darren with his pumpkin




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