Monday, July 18, 2005

The payoff is gone


The proceeding post is nonfiction.

We have always started Shabbos on time. That is, when the sun sets. In the summer, that occasionally means starting after 9 PM, and not sitting down to eat until 10.

There are several advantages to this. For one, there is much less of a last minute rush when you have an extra hour to get ready for shabbos. For another, it usually means watching a game for an extra hour. Finally, it means having a quiet meal with just the two of us.

But after the Pistons playoff run, when we let oldest stay up to watch the game, it seemed wrong to send him to bed the next night before Shabbos. Where were are priorities? So we let him stay up for dinner on Friday night. And since he was staying up, my middlest needed to stay up too.

So now our quiet dinner for two has turned into a boisterous meal of four followed by bed time. Usually at 11.

So maybe its time to rethink this whole on-time Shabbos thing.


Blogger AMSHINOVER said...

point well taken

July 18, 2005 2:35 PM  
Blogger Air Time said...

glad you approve

July 18, 2005 2:36 PM  
Blogger Red State Jew said...

Cute blog - I found it via Jrants. It will take me a while to get through it all.

July 18, 2005 5:30 PM  
Blogger Air Time said...

welcome Red State - Enjoy the blog. It seems to change focus pretty frequently.

July 18, 2005 5:37 PM  
Blogger docyaak said...

how bout stay up for kiddush and hamotzi and then to bed. i believe thats how it used to be done.

July 18, 2005 6:16 PM  
Blogger Air Time said...

whats the point of having kids stay up an hour or two extra just to have kiddush and challah. Then they need to bentch, and right when you are about to have fish or soup they need to be tucked in or something.

July 18, 2005 9:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

...maybe have go to sleep for the game?
why is this not a possibility?

July 19, 2005 12:13 AM  
Blogger Air Time said...

because the game already happened. Besides, I have no problem with his staying up late to watch a game.

July 19, 2005 8:50 AM  
Blogger rockofgalilee said...

I think you're in between the stage where late shabbos is great. We still love it. The kids go to bed on time and if they're up they can come down for kiddush and hamotzi.
Our kids bentch sefardi when they bentch by themselves and it is a lot quicker.

July 19, 2005 1:46 PM  
Blogger ReformedPartygirl said...

being that we usually eat shabbos day with people we make early shabbos and have our kids stay up. It's a great family meal and one of the only times during the week when we are all home and at a meal all together. it's good family time and everyone gets to go to sleep early.

July 19, 2005 1:52 PM  

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