Celebrating the challenges of family life in Portland and the Soggy Northwest
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Heirlooms & Artifacts
The artifact the kid selected was a family vinyl LP. We had a CD made which is playing on the wall. In the kid's words: The record before you belonged to my great-grandfather,
Rabbi Benjamin Miller. Immortalized in the record is Rabbi Benjamin performing
a wedding ceremony at Congregation Beth Yehuda. When I pick up the record I
feel it spinning, as the groom firmly stomps on the glass. I feel it in the
hands of my Zadie, who left the world before I could meet him. I feel the
decades upon decades of lying alone in the dark, with no one to hear your song.
But here you are.
My daughter's fifth grade class recently presented their Heirlooms & Artifacts program at the Oregon Jewish Museum. As parents, we had been aware of this project for months as it was a significant academic undertaking.
We went into the museum giddy knowing that the source of much family turmoil was coming to a close. As I saw the artwork, poems and artifacts I was moved by the simple acknowledgment that every family has a compelling story waiting to be told. The teacher did an excellent job of showing the kids how to illustrate their stories in a variety of ways.
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