Thank you everyone for your warm Purim wishes! There was a bit of a problem with the commentbox, it kept disappearing and then...just as I would give up hope of ever finding a solution, it would pop up again on my screen. I didn't mean for it to be a "no comment" post, you know how I do LOVE commentboxes.
The Megillah reading was successful, and I thought of you all as I sat in the front of the small hall and looked at the many different faces of the women. I didn't end up putting on a fancy dress costume, instead I wore my retro cherry dress and my red Swedish clog-sandals - happy and colourful clothes which reminded me of Anna and made me smile. Purim is a festival of happiness. One is actually required to be happy, and I am surprised every year by this fact. It makes me think of Journeymama and Bluemountainsmary who have both discussed the importance of cultivating joy in one's life.
By the way, the video of the chanting which I embedded in yesterday's post was not a video of me, it was just something I had found which I thought would give you an idea of what it sounds like. I do not actually know the woman who is reading, although I do admire her tremendously...she makes it look very easy (and it isn't at all).
I am so so tired tonight, I can hardly keep my eyes open. So I shall sign off with a special thank you to the new commenters who showed up in my box during the last few days, you are always welcome and always appreciated.