We had a slightly early Passover seder at Beeba and Zayde’s today. On the drive there, I was pretending to be Rosalyn (Calvin’s babysitter from Calvin and Hobbes). “Rosalyn” has mellowed recently, so she was being pretty nice. Nathan explained to her how his Auntie Sarah makes THE BEST cookies and his Auntie Leigh makes THE BEST cakes. He then went on to mention that his Grandma makes THE BEST treats. Rosalyn was duly impressed.
We arrived at Beeba and Zayde’s to discover that their neighbor had this amazing collection of eggs strewn around the lawn, so Sam had to investigate them for a while before he could be persuaded to go into the house.
Nathan did an excellent job of reading the four questions:
Sam very proudly carried the bowl around for the second hand washing, but I unfortunately didn’t get a picture of that.
Sam was very interested in the whole ceremony. He especially liked dipping the parsley in salt water and eating it. He ate all the parsley on both plates and then he and Beeba went outside to cut more parsley from her garden.
Both boys enjoyed lifting the glasses and leaning to the left (though neither could consistently identify his left side.)
Sam was especially invested in the rules of the ceremony. For instance, he emphatically parroted Zayde’s admonition that we should pour the next glass of wine / grape juice, but WE DON’T DRINK IT YET!
Nathan really enjoyed hiding the afikoman. He also enjoyed letting Sam in on the secret. Beeba and Zayde made a point of putting Auntie Sarah in charge of guarding it, so when Zayde noticed that it was gone, Nathan immediately put the blame on her. He eventually managed to negotiate $40 out of Zayde – $20 for each boy – but financial negotiations clearly aren’t yet his forte. He started at $20, then jumped up to $50, then kept vacillating between $35 and $60. At one point, Zayde attempted to negotiate with Sam, who, not knowing what the heck was going on, yelled, “Thirty-five dollars!” at Nathan’s prompting. To be fair to Nathan and Sam, it was a high-pressure negotiation, since Auntie Sarah was “looking” for the afikoman while the negotiation was in progress, so hypothetically if she had found the afikoman before the negotiation was concluded, Nathan and Sam might have walked away with nothing. Of course, this would never have happened, as evidenced by the fact that Zayde began the negotiation with two twenty dollar bills in his pocket, but Nathan didn’t know that. Eventually, Zayde agreed to $35, but since he only had the two twenties, the boys actually got $40.
The evening concluded with the usual singing of songs. Nathan wandered away, but Sam especially enjoyed “Who Knows One?” He and Zayde had a great time counting on their fingers.
By the time we got home and got the boys to bed it was well after 9:00. A wild night was had by all.