The girls and I were walking to the car to start our day this morning and I found out Shylee may be Jewish.
Shylee: Wait! (Suddenly stopping in her tracks) What month is it?
Shylee: YES! I love this month.
Me: Yeah me too.
Shylee: Because of all the presents the candles bring you?
Me: Are you talking little kid gibberish? I don’t know what you just said.
Shylee: You know, when I light a candle, I get a present.
Me: Gibberish. Speak English child.
Shylee: The rabbit brings candles, you light them up, and he gives you presents.
Me: (Going out on a limb.) Are you talking about Hanukkah?
Shylee: Yes! You forgot for a minute huh?
Me: It’s a Rabbi, not a rabbit. And you know you’re not Jewish right?
Shylee: That’s really mean.
Me: No it’s not. I’m telling you that you’ve never been Jewish. Who told you about Hanukkah?
Shylee: Miss Jessica (A lady who works at her before and after school program).
Me: What do you know about Hanukkah?
Shylee: I know what a Menorah is, a dreidel, a yarmulke, a Hanukkah is. Tons of stuff!
Me: Oh, please tell me. What is a Menorah?
Shylee: Um, it’s a place.
Shylee: In ‘merica.
Me: What’s a dreidel?
Shylee: It’s a building.
Me: In America?
Me: And a yarmulke?
Shylee: A boat. Going to...’merica.
Me: And Hanukkah?
Shylee: A TV. On a building.
Me: In America?
So, as you can see we are obviously Jewish. When we got to the before and after school building, I asked Miss Jessica if she talked to Shylee about Hanukkah. She said, “Yeah I am half Jewish, so I get Christmas presents and my dad sends me Hanukkah gifts too. So we were talking about that yesterday.”
Me: You get Christmas presents and Hanukkah presents? You are a genius!
A few songs from some real Jews...