Yom Kippur begins tomorrow evening. It's the Day of Atonement. In the days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, we are, among other things, expected to atone for our sins. While G-d can forgive the ways in which we have wronged Him, He cannot release us from the vows we have made (and broken) to other people (under typical circumstances). One of the reasons I do so love Judaism is because we have such a great responsibility to other people. We don't exist in a bubble of prayer and higher thoughts. We have a great responsibility to not only interact with others, but to do so in a just and fair manner.
I'm borrowing (because it sounds much better than "stealing") an idea from A Mother In Israel. I'll post my apologies to those who I have wronged online and/or through my blog.
I apologize for those times I have promised to tell you more later, but never did (why my sister was topless--She was very newly pregnant and a odd-timed bout with morning sickness had ruined her shirt or how I got a huge bottle of church wine from a former nun--The former nun is a very dear friend of mine who was given the wine by her priest and she in turn gave it to me).
I apologize for taking myself far too seriously.
I apologize for not leaving nearly enough comments on the fabulous blogs I read.
I'm sorry for posting rambling stories/pictures of children and animals. I realize I probably find them far cuter than anyone else.
I'm sorry that I can be so mean to my animals.
I apologize for threatening to sell my children on eBay (over and over and over again).
I'm sorry that really random things amuse me and I force you to read about them.
I ask you to do work for me and for that, I apologize.
I'm sorry my background is so boring.
I'm sorry I focus so much on the negative in my posts and ignore much of the positive.
I feel I have a duty and a privilege to show certain parenting practices that I follow in a good light. I realize I don't always do that here and I'm sorry.
I know my posts don't always come off in the spirit in which they were intended. I'm sorry about that. The zeal in which I believe in my causes is not meant to make anyone defensive or guilty. If that has been the end result of any of my posts or comments, I'm very sorry.
I follow a number of blogs written by wonderful people. The life situations you work through, the way you raise your children, the way you inspire other people; I find it all amazing. I'm sorry that I don't tell you that more often.
Gmar Chatimah Tova