One month ago, when I invited the “family” to Seder, there was some trepidation.
Why trepidation at just another annual ritual? Well, here is a partial list of the invitees:
- Dad (who is not the man he was prior to his brain injury), accompanied by his Guyanese home attendant who had never been to a Seder;
- Shelly who is not romantically involved with Dad, regardless of what Uncle L thinks (we will get to THAT later);
- Our g-ddaughters, who are not Jewish and one of whom has never cracked open the Bible (but she makes amazing Kosher for Passover desserts, so go figure);
- My Uncle L, who having recently lost Aunt R just a few months ago, wanted bring his paramour of 25 years (will someone PLEASE shoot me);
- My Aunt R’s blood nephew and his wife, who may not be so psyched to know that Uncle L had a side gig (a shonda — embarrassment — for the neighbors);
- FOPOB who is not always emotionally or mentally “present” and SOPOB who is not always physically present;
- Cousin Gentle, CB, SOB and HOSOB — thank G-d; and
- my personal trainer who gave me good arms for my wedding dress.
So, bottom line: lesbians, their baker g-ddaughter, an uncle, his lover, a Greek Chorus and a brisket. La follie. Madness.
Ok, by the grace of G-d, my aunt’s nephew and his wife couldn’t come so we didn’t have to create even more lies about the state of affairs (pardon the pun) of the family.
Because Uncle L keeps white wine in his refrigerator for his paramour, I bought very good bottles of various white grapes. Only to find out that she likes red wine, but Uncle L won’t buy red because he thinks it doesn’t keep for long.
Sidebar: Really, Uncle? Dirt has thrived in your home since 1954. New life forms and strains of antibiotics could be discovered in your slums-of-Calcutta-apartment and you are worried about whether red wine will go bad? I know people draw lines in the sand but, but, whoa, that is really strange.
A second sidebar: I asked S, Uncle Larry’s paramour (and our new relative), whether she had been to a Seder before, and she said she had been to four, to which SOS exclaimed, “wow, she has more Jewish connections than we thought!!” Oy. Oy. Oy. Out of the mouths of babes, indeed, but, sometimes, a muzzle would work just fine.
Even another sidebar: When will I stop calling her, “the paramour”? Check back with me in 25 years. A generation is a biblical time period and quite possibly after 25 years we will not remember that there was an “overlap” when Uncle L was with Aunt R.
I told S she was welcome in our home as long as she could handle loving references to Aunt R. Wow, now that was a tense moment.
And I haven’t even talked about the preparation for the Seder or the Seder itself. More anon. Stay tuned (with pictures from SOB).