Slice of Life #14

This morning I was very excited to attend the Bat Mitzvah service of a former student.  This would be my first Bat Mitzvah and I was relying on one of my co-workers to help me with the intricacies of the service.  She helped me decide what to wear and what time to arrive at the temple.  Thank goodness!

As I sat in the temple, watching my former student as she proudly read from the Torah, I couldn’t help but smile.  It’s amazing to become such a part of a student’s life that they want to include you in an event as important as their Bat Mitzvah.  My former student looked beautiful and so grown-up as she led the service today.   Her parents looked so proud as they wiped tears from their eyes.  When her father read his speech to her, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.  It was a gorgeous ceremony and I was so happy to be a part of it.

After the service, my co-worker and I made our way to the front of the room and waited to speak with our former student.  When she turned around and saw us, her face lit up.  “You came!  Thank you so much!” she said as she hugged us both tightly.  We congratulated her, told her she looked beautiful and so grown-up, and then let her get back to talking with her other guests.  As we left the temple, we couldn’t help but smile and comment on how grown-up she had become in such a short time.  It really was a beautiful morning!