… in everybody’s life – if they were raised frum – maybe in their early 20s; maybe when they have a few little kids, and they come out of a busy fast day of taking care of kids and they say, “I never knew.” And they feel immensely grateful. “I never knew how much my parents were doing.”
To kids, these horrid fast days just feel like normal, busy days. So maybe they never realized before how much it took for their parents to stay cheerful, to stay busy and alert, serve three meals just as usual, read stories, play games, drive to camp, bike to shul, all while preparing a delicious after-fast meal for themselves.
Well, I feel like I just ran a marathon.
And I sure hope my kids realize – and that they’re immensely grateful someday.