When I look at this photo of my younger son lighting his menorah Sunday night, one thing pops out at me: Wax. Lots and lots of the sticky stuff all over the back of the candelabrum. Obviously, we don’t do a good job cleaning them once Chanukah ends. Talk about your waxy buildup!
Maybe we’ll do a better job this year.
But probably not.
I always like when I can surprise my sons with their gifts. My younger boy didn’t have this warm cap on his list, but I knew he’d want it, because he likes anything warm (he hates being cold). Plus he’s a huge Cookie Monster fan!
Of course, a list is the best way to ensure that you’re giving the kids things they want. My collegian put together a collection of desires from videogames for all our current Nintendo systems to ones for his and his brother’s hoped-for big present: The new Wii U. As well as a watch, books, and gift cards.
Little bro’s list was smaller, but one item stood out very large: A Pedro Martinez jersey. He didn’t really care which team it was from (the three-time Cy Young Award winner and eight-time all-star played for five of them) . . . but I did! There was no way I was going to allow anything with the words “New York Mets” (aka the sworn enemy of all Cub fans) in my house. No way!
Fortunately, I was able to score a used (but it looks new) Martinez Boston jersey via eBay. Pedro helped the Red Sox win the 2004 World Series.
The kid is a Red Sox fan, making his third-night gift very special. Pat on the back for mom!
So what will tonight bring? One thing’s for sure: Even more wax on the kid’s menorah!