I upped my threshold for speaking in front of crowds today at the JCC of Northern Virginia, where they were celebrating Jewish Book Month. I had a great time at the preschool’s Share-a-Shabbat program. We played a game and I read from The Schmutzy Family and far as I can tell, there were only two downsides.
1. I had to follow Laurie Albert, the JCC’s engaging engagement director, who came equipped with a. a stuffed dog and b. a bathrobe.
2. I had to sing into a microphone. (That would have been a downside for everyone listening, actually. Not for me.)
After the program I visited some of the kids in their classrooms and heard all about butterflies, owls and flowers. And mud, of course! Favorite response: When I asked the kids to name something they might see on Shabbat, a little girl in a pink dress pointed and shouted, “You!”
Instead of a bathrobe, I wore my Virginia Dirt Shirt, which was dyed using with Virginia clay. I spent last week in the garden, digging a bucket of my own, because I will try this at home.