Good things are happening, too.

Good things are happening, too. I was working from home, on Monday, 3/16, when I opened a text which read, “Henry and Linda getting married […]

Good things are happening, too.

I was working from home, on Monday, 3/16, when I opened a text which read, “Henry and Linda getting married in about an hour. Can you call in to sing?” I replied, “yes!” My husband, Rob, joined me in the living room and I waited for the call. This was a bit of a thunderbolt. I had planned to be part of their wedding, along with Rabbi Ezray and Bill, the following Sunday, in Half Moon Bay.

Henry Lesser and Linda Margolin’s March 22 wedding had been scaled back, by degrees, as the precautions around COVID19 and Coronavirus emerged. With news of the impending “stay at home” order, they decided to do the ceremony right away, though a week ahead of schedule. Otherwise they could not know when the wedding could take place.

While Henry and Linda got ready, everyone at CBJ pulled together to help bring this impromptu wedding into reality. Rabbi Ezray filled out a new Ketubah with the new location and date, revised to March 16, 2020 / 20 Adar 5780. Ann Cauterucci picked flowers from the CBJ preschool garden. Rosa assembled a bouquet, using ribbon left over from the Gala. The Chuppah was erected by Rosa, Caroline and Ann. Wedding guests included Gary, Caroline, Laura and Rosa, and Linda’s dear friend Susan Goldberg, now a CBJ member herself. The couple entered the Chuppah to the tune of Erev Shel Shoshanim, sung by yours truly, through Rabbi Ezray’s iPhone, on speaker mode.

Rabbi Ezray narrated the ceremony and delivered beautiful comments about the mutual love, respect and adoration that Henry and Linda have found together. Bill read the Ketubah, rings and vows were exchanged. I chanted the 7 blessings. With the stomp of Henry’s foot, the glass was broken, and a hearty Mazal Tov was sung by those at CBJ, and at my house, miles away. The happy sounds continued to ring in the air even after the call ended.

As we are forced, for the most part, to stay at home, we confront uncertainty, and feel concern for those we love. But our creativity and care for one another will bring us through. This is a small but important blessing. Even in these days of concern and extraordinary response, good things are happening.