This week is one where we have been basking in the beauty, delight and joy of a new couple in our lives. Our son, Yitzchak Aaron, has announced his engagement to Hindy Shippel. As we welcome Hindy into our family, we feel humbled by the enormity of the gift of this union between two families. My parents, who are now staying with us, have been actively involved in this shidduch and my father especially has been delighting in the details of their courtship.
We were in Israel for the past two weeks and wedding-themed accessories seemed to be everywhere. Hindy and Yitzchok Aaron’s effervescence has been infectious and my father called Israel occasionally to provide updates on them, always referring to them as the “love birds”.
So, when I found a pair of Styrofoam wedding birds in a store in Israel, I just couldn’t resist buying them. The groom was wearing a black top hat and the bride was decked out in a tulle veil. They were charming and delightful. The five-shekel price was perfect and I knew that I would find the ideal opportunity to use them.
The lovebirds accompanied me home and were unpacked. They patiently sat on my kitchen counter in their package. Yitzchok Aaron and Hindy announced their engagement Wednesday night, just hours after we arrived in New Jersey. The past thirty-six hours were a whirlwind. And, I forgot about the Styrofoam love birds.
Yesterday, I picked up a 3 for $12 flower special at Shoprite along with the basic groceries to restock my refrigerator. Still basking in the wedding spirit, I chose all white flowers. I purchased two bunches of hydrangeas and one bunch of calla lilies. I cut them down to size and arranged them into my hallway vase.
And, as I was bringing the vase back to the front hall, I encountered the love birds. After positioning them atop my new arrangement, they too are basking in the excitement of this simcha.