As a kid we used to celebrate with the entire family. We'd have all the uncles & aunts, and cousins, and parents, and grandparents, and sisters, all 30 something of us squished into a long long table, and celebrate all together. Those were magical times, at least that's how I remember them. But over the years the family grew apart as my grandma & her brothers passed away one by one. So Passover dinners became more intimate- Parents, sisters, grandparents. That remained our dinner forum for a few years, but then as we grew up, we each went our separate ways... My parents divorced and my dad moved to Romania. My older sister got married, and had moved to Boston to start her own family. My younger sister grew apart from my mom & myself. My mom met someone new who in time had become her partner and she embraced his family as her own. And I had left the country and was gone for most of this past decade. And so each of us, wherever we were, had managed to find loved ones to celebrate Passover with...
When I returned to Israel, a little over two years ago, I knew that we will not be celebrating the holidays all together again, and although that saddens me a bit, I know that that's just how life works.
In the last two years I had a family to celebrate with- I was married, and his family became my family, and I had my grandpa with me as well. But then after the divorce, I had lost that family, and although I have my mom here, and she & her partner invite me celebrate with his family every holiday, it is not my family, and it just doesn't feel right. (I love you mom, and am very happy you have a family to celebrate with!!)
About two weeks ago my someone had asked if I would join his family and him for the Passover dinner. I was thrilled! His mom had invited both my grandpa & myself, and we gladly accepted. On Passover night we were all gathered around one big table- his parents, grandparents, uncle & aunt, brothers, my grandpa, my someone, and myself... and it was a wonderful holiday dinner!
Here are some pictures taken by my someone and myself. Happy holidays to all!
the dinner table
my grandpa, my someone, and me
starting the Seder
finally we eat
my someone's grandparents & parents
my someone with his newborn cousin