The Bar Mitzvah Diary: How I Prepared for My Son’s Big Day
We recently held my older son’s bar mitzvah. I had heard many stories about all the pitfalls of these events–which are really supposed to be focused on the meaningfulness for the young people involved– but assumed I would get around them and plan an event that would be successful and well-organized, without much of the tsuris that other families seem to have to deal with. I am an executive in the government, after all, accustomed to dealing with a wide range of stakeholders, conflicting priorities, and tight timelines.
Boy, was I wrong. Events conspired to bring me to a near state of panic, and my only way of coping was to start keeping this blog. In the end, humor saved the day. So enjoy.
November 2012: T-9 months
– Established bar mitzvah budget. Figured we should have no problem staying on budget. I’m an auditor, after all.
– Called local Museum to book room for Saturday night party. Museum tells me for my budget, I can order pizza from their cafeteria. Called Delta Hotel.
December 2012: T-8 months
– Delta tells me (more politely than the Museum) that they can’t do it for my budget.
January 2013: T-7 months
– Booked party room at City Hall. Room is good price and we can bring in our own caterer and buy our own booze.>> Read More