Two days ago, I went to bed really late, after I finally cleaned out my refrigerator, gas stove, microwave oven, and some usually forsaken nooks and crannies of the kitchen. By the time I was done my right wrist was aching and I switched to cleaning with my left hand. I was physically very tired, but happy and energized by everything that had been done.
Earlier in that day, I was encouraged and inspired by Shira, who saw me wiping the outside of the refrigerator and very enthusiastically expressed her wish to join and do whatever Mama is doing. I handed her a little clean rug, and to my surprise, she went ahead and actually started wiping the refrigerator too. It was amazing to see how such a little person, not even 15 months old, is so eager to actively participate in whatever is going on at home.
Her enthusiasm was really contagious, and I found myself much more motivated to roll up my sleeves and go do some more cleaning after she was asleep.
I'm not sure I'm going to be able to post another update before or during Pesach, so I might be back online only when the holiday is over. Already I must fly and attend to Shabbat preparations. A happy day and week to you all!