Welcome to the party!

I was sure I’d mentioned it already … .

There was a lot to celebrate. Gary (my husband) and I had recently gotten engaged and then my older sister gave birth to her fourth child — a boy. Now we were getting ready to go to his bris (Jewish ritual circumcision) and the attendant party.

I was really excited because this was a major family event and I’d be introducing my fiance to,  well … everyone. Gary had yet to meet any of my family outside of the immediate members — my parents, (at the time, hugely pregnant) sister, brother-in-law and two nephews and niece.

To ensure that Gary would have some idea of the magnitude of the event, I found myself enumerating just who would most likely be there. Without a doubt, I knew we could count on seeing — or in Gary’s case meeting — my mom’s younger sister, Aunt Ellen, and her husband, Uncle Michael.

Now you have to understand that my sister and her family are Orthodox (observant) Jews and I grew up in a Conservative Jewish household. So it stands to reason that the people in the family — and at the party — would also be Jewish. Right? Well … almost.

So I’m going through the list of people Gary can expect to meet and he says, “You haven’t told me, Daph. Is Uncle Michael a Conservative or Reform Jew?”

I stop dead in my tracks and give him a “look.”

“Honey,” I say, “Michael’s Irish Catholic!” 

Like what you’ve read here? There’s more here!


Check out “Blogfest 2012” here

Leave a comment


  1. I love the unexpected– ha ha– you had me going there. Yeah that might be a bit overwhelming to sort out as you are meeting everyone!! Great take on today’s topic…thanks for kicking off BlogFEST 2012 with us!! Here’s to a great month of Blogging!! Cheers!

  2. I think I would have been overwhelmed trying to remember who everyone was and how things should be. In the end, I would have winged it as I am sure he did. 😀 ♥


  3. Not being Jewish I have to say that I find myself at a lot of Jewish celebrations and I absolutely love how welcoming everyone is and how eager they are to explain/teach what I may not understand. Nice “gotch ya'” moment with Uncle Michael. 🙂

  4. todaysworkingwoman

     /  October 2, 2012

    Ha! Ha! Ha! Totally caught me off-guard…good one Daphne!

  5. Every good Jewish family has at least one Catholic member, I think it’s a law! Poor Gary. That’s all I can say….:-)

  6. A tale with a nice twist :)) enjoyed reading it.

  7. 🙂 love it!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: