Actually, it was a good Friday. We argued little and played a lot.
E got to play the new board game that we bought with her in mind. Instead of the fifty-six convoluted rules and complex strategies of the games we usually play, this game has maybe five rules. We played four times until I put a stop to it for today.
There was a long period of screen time this afternoon. I revelled in the silence, called up a friend whose birthday it was today, and spent some time printing and cutting up cards for a game I wanted to play tonight.
Around 6:45 I called everyone together:
“Hear ye, hear ye!” I said. “Ahem. HEAR YE!!!”
“I hereby declare this day to be Pyjama Shabbat. Furthermore, dinner will be… ice cream! Go put on your pyjamas and be back here in five minutes!”
What can I say except that bribery obviously works?
We lit the candles, said kiddush over grape juice, said Motzi over the matzah, and blessed the children. Then came ice cream and some surprisingly good table conversation about math, of all things.
Hands down, the best part of our night was our game of Cards Against Humanity: Family Edition. I was so excited when I saw that they were making the game available online as a free download; the adult version is my favourite party game, but it’s not one I would ever play with my children. The family game has replaced all the sex references with potty humour, which as you probably know is the funniest thing for anyone between the ages of 6 and 12.
(As an aside, if you’ve never played Cards Against Humanity, you should try it. Unless you’re super-woke. Then please don’t play it — you’ll ruin it for everyone else.)
Today was the first day of counting the Omer, the seven week period between Passover and Shavuot (aka the cheesecake holiday). Every year for the last ten years I’ve wanted to to some kind of cool Omer calendar, sort of like an Advent calendar but twice as long. I’ve never made the time to prepare anything cool. But this year being what it is, and all my expectations having been lowered again and again, I decided a crappy calendar was better than none. So I hauled out the post-it notes and a sharpie.
I explained to the kids that we were going to add a post-it note to the wall each day, and on every note we’d write one good thing that happened that day. By Shavuot we’ll have 49 good things to look back on and remember. Or, if it goes the way of so many of my projects, we’ll have 9 things to look back on and a blank wall where we didn’t follow through with our plan.
Today, at least, we came up with our one good thing: Ice cream for dinner, hands down.