Childhood milestones abound: Learning to crawl then walk, the use of language, birthday celebrations, bathroom training.
Religious rites of passage usher our children into the realm of G-d and spirit, the place where morality and personal responsibility merge.
And for little girls, clothing often assumes epic shifts in the life cycle.
Yesterday, Offspring #2—grinning hugely as we chatted online—told us that Ma’yan Ariel just acquired her first pair of high heels.
Testing the unfamiliar tippy heels, Ma’ayan clomps and teeters like an newborn colt. And before you know it, she has mastered the art of walking in a high wedge. Already, Ma’ayan dreams of scaling even greater heels: Christain Louboutin, Manolo Blahnik, Jimmy Choo.
Ma’ayan Ariel senses that her glamorous new shoes introduces her to a new frontier of girlhood. Indeed, deep in her heart, Ma’ayan understands that wearing her pretty pink heels makes her more like mommy. And for Ma’ayan this is life’s greatest joy.
Karen and I wish all our friends and relatives a peaceful and comforting Shabbat.