While the term Shepping Nachas is typically reserved for the 55+ crowd, I shepped. Yesterday was my very best friends’ daughter’s Chanukah concert at daycare. Her first public performance, the actions to which she boldly practiced at home, in restaurants and in class. The children were dressed in colourful smocks and dreidel crowns but remained lined up ‘backstage’. Camcorders, iPhones and digital cameras were ready! As the children entered (my ‘niece’ leading the way to the carpet), marching to the beat of a Chanukah classic, they were stunned. All stunned. There were far too many adults in the room, clapping and bopping for the toddlers to be comfortable. Over the sobs, whines and screeches, the classroom teachers and audience members contributed to the freilach feeling of celebration. All this little girl wanted was her mommy.
It was really remarkable to look around the room and watch people spanning in age from 18 months to experienced grandparents, Jews from Russia, Israel, Winnipeg and Toronto, all celebrating as a community. The parents and teachers who instill this value and meaning into the lives of these little ones are really the individuals I’m shepping nachas from.
Below are a few of the highlights: