We're Jews. You probably know that by now. Today we Jews celebrate a holiday called Tu B'Shevat. Wanna know what that means in English? Well, it literally translates to "the 15th of the month of Shevat." Not nearly as exciting as you thought, huh? It's basically and otherwise known as The New Year for the Trees. So, we celebrated this week by making a family tree in Little Bird's school:
Every apple was meant to have some facts about trees. I think the bird's was the only project that said "trees are fun to hug."
Two nights ago there was a program at her school in honor of the holiday. The kids came in PJs and decorated vanilla wafers with green frosting and sprinkles (little trees). Of course, I'd checked ahead of time so I could come prepared with our own GFCF version. Well, my girl wasn't so into the craft of it all, but she sure did like the frosting I'd made for her
and the sprinkles
So cute, right?
When we'd arrived at the event, some of the kids came running over to Little Bird shouting "[Little Bird]'s here!" She was like a freaking rock star!!
Then came the storytime. A librarian read some books about the holiday and Little Bird crawled into my lap. Before I knew it, two other girls from her class had crawled into my lap, too. Now, I'll be honest. I'm no Mary Poppins. I'm obviously an outrageously amazing mommy to my bird, but I don't think I always give off a kid-friendly vibe. Maybe I'm wrong...
Those kids freaking love my bird. I'm desperately hoping that continues. I'll need those kids (the ones she knows now and the ones she will know) to advocate for my little bird; to fight off the bullies; to help her along when I'm not there.
If you want to know a little bit more about Tu B'Shevat, you can CLICK HERE for a quickie overview.
Also, for some reason when I think of this holiday, I can't help but think of
Bob Ross and his "Happy Little Trees"