This past Sunday, we hosted a garden tea in honour of my daughter’s bas mitzvah. It was a beautiful, and I hope meaningful, afternoon for everyone. I am going to indulge and blog about it for a few days. I learned so much and am grateful for so much. I don’t want it all to end too quickly.
When I sent out the invitations and started planning this royal garden tea party about a month ago, the weather didn’t even cross my mind. I was planning an outdoor tea party at the end of June. No big deal. I was thinking about the guest list, the layout, the food, the outfits, the entertainment. The weather (bright and sunny but not too hot with a gentle breeze, of course) was a given.
My in-laws and niece arrived on Friday in pouring rain. It rained off and on all day Shabbos and was cloudy when I picked up my mother from the airport Sunday morning. On the way home, she mentioned that it looked like rain. Throughout the day, my mother-in-law intermittently asked me what my “rain-plan” was. Each time I replied that there was absolutely nothing to worry about. It was going to be perfect – and sunny. At one point, she actually told me that I had to just face the facts and come up with an alternate plan! I told her not to worry, it would all be fine and I would decide on a plan when I started setting up at 2pm (2 hours before the guests were due to arrive).
At 2pm, the sun pushed its way through the clouds. We began to set up the tables and chairs outside. By the time the guests arrived, the tables were almost set and the sun was shining. The grass was dry and a gentle breeze kept us cool. As planned.
Thank you Hashem for this beautiful and treasured gift – and for reminding us how very much You love us 🙂