Thursday, September 9, 2010
Happy New Year!
We dragged out our dress-up clothes and Dave and Bev provided chaffeur services to us where we had anchored off the Naval Academy wall. A short walk up from Ego Alley we came to the Academy, and found everyone to be helpful in providing directions to the Miller Chapel, although everyone's were different from each other. Amazingly, we stumbled upon the Chapel in time for services.
The Rabbi was charming, very welcoming, humorous, and familiar---well of course, we agreed he is just an older version of Uncle David (Peter's Brother, always called Uncle to differentiate him from David the Son). The service was well-attended, but many seats were available. There were perhaps about 20 midshipmen, in their dress whites worshipping. Prior to Kadish, the Mourner's Prayer, several of them recited the names of our soldiers who had fallen over the last week.
With our Uncle David lookalike leading the service, we almost felt like we were gathered around Margie and Neil's dinner table, where we traditionally celebrated the first night. Except we missed the challah and honey, and instead had Italian food with Bev and Dave. A good start to the New Year, but there's no place like home for the holidays.