House Fire and Warm Memories


This has been a crazy week for me.  My parents’ house had a huge fire.  Do not worry, they made it out in plenty of time and no one was hurt. 

My dad just called while he was standing in what used to be our family home wanting to know what he could take for me.  Everything was under mud and insulation; the house is no longer structurally sound.  The first thing I thought of was Zayde’s siddur–my great-grandfather’s prayerbook.  Clothing can be replaced and homes can be rebuilt, but what I can’t recreate is the worn pages of this book or the times that prayerbook saw him through.

I think everyone has objects they relate to family tradition.  I hope as we move into the Thanksgiving, Hannukah, Christmas, Kwanza, Winter Solstice, Chinese New Year holiday season,  everyone can  create memorable traditions for our diverse families which transcend our differences and celebrate our spirit. We at are proud of our role in helping people create new holiday traditions.

As we look forward to Thanksgiving dinner, which is always a great experience in my family, I am full of gratitude. Even though my parents’ house is gone, I have memories of family events and late night chats in the kitchen.  This year I am thankful for those memories, and so much more for the new ones my family will create.

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