The Joys of Reframing
Me [after a very pleasant and informative phone conversation with the new organizer/teacher of our synagogue's incipient religious education program]: Hey, Mermaid Girl, guess what?
Me: There isn't going to be a Hebrew school at our shul.
MG [relief and jubilation dawning on her face]: Yay! No Hebrew School!
Me: There's going to be a Kids' Club instead! It'll meet on Saturday mornings, during services. And there'll be songs, and dancing, and playing, and making things, and cooking and stuff.
MG [leaping into my arms and hugging me]: A Kids' Club! Oh boy! Kids' Club! I wanna go to Kids' Club! *begins shimmying around and chanting "Kids' Club, Kids' Club, Kids' Club!"*
Me: So, uh, you like that idea?
MG: I don't LIKE it, I LOVE it! Kids' Club, Kids' Club, Kids' Club!
So apparently I'm going to figure out how to get her to
Because obviously this new