Count our days... and make them count!

The month of May is a busy one at the Gan. We started with the Lag B'omer picnic and Teacher Appreciation Week (thank you, GPA!) and we continue non-stop until the Siyyum (culminating event for those leaving the Gan) just after June begins. This entire activity-filled time COULD be a source of angst for parents. How can I attend Truck Day AND the CD Release Event? How can I work on my child's class party AND attend the special reception honoring Becki's years at the Gan?

The simple answer is: you can't do everything. But there is a more important answer: whatever you choose to do with your family should be done with joy and without stress. Amazing resources are here; only you can decide what is best for your family.

Leading up to the holiday of Shavuot, we are urged to be mindful of each day as we count the Omer and wait for the Torah to be given to us as it was to the Israelites at Mount Sinai so long ago. We can pay attention and savor each day as a blessing and choose to spend it gratefully - or spend it fretting over whether we can do it all. Let's promise that WHATEVER we do, we do it with gratitude and joy. As we read in Psalms 118:24: This is the day which the Lord has made; let us be glad and rejoice on it (translation: Y.B. Marcus, Nissen Mangel and Eliyahu Touger)