Well it's finally over. All that's left now is to move all the Passover stuff (dishes, pots, flat ware, utensils, pot holders, dish towels, condiments, coffee pot, etc) down to the basement and reinstitute the usual kitchen -- including replacing a pantry full of cereal, rice, Tasty Bites instant Indian food, cous cous, brownie mixes, pasta sauce, olives, capers, and all the rest.)
It's a real pain in the neck. I started this post Tuesday night and should have taken photos but suffice it to say we stopped and started and it's now 7AM Thursday and everything is back where it was. I'm kind of embarassed by how hostile this long long holiday has made me. In the time from the Monday night it started until Wednesday evening of the next week, we spent five days living "Sabbath rules" -- no driving, no cooking, no turning lights on /off, no shopping etc. In addition to all the stuff we weren't allowed to eat (Passover rules forbid anything that isn't "kosher for Passover" -- nothing that has been leavened (bread, cereal, pasta etc). plus lots of other products without Kosher for Passover lables) we used different dishes, pots, utensils, napkins, dish towels etc etc etc. (Those were some of what I had to store at the close of the holiday.)
I used to really love Passover and very early on some of our Orthodox friends (women) warned me that it was so much work I might never feel the same way about it despite the magnificent religious and political messages of freedom and justice it contains.
It's the enormous amout of work that changes things. For some reason it really set me off - I've been pissed for days, even though, unlike our friends, I didn't do any entertaining to speak of. Since this was the first year we've observed the holiday in this way, we only bought a few "Pesach" articles; figured next year we'd do it up right. One of my friends told me I might have been less upset if I'd just invited people and used paper plates.... that not entertaining for some of the TEN!! "festive meals" - (Sabbath eve and lunch -- as well as two seders, two other dinners on the last two days and four lunches i addition to Shabbat) -- just made me feel more anxious. We did enjoy each of the meals to which we were invited, and were grateful to be asked, but who knows?
Anyway it's over now until next year; I have some time to get used to yet another set of obligations. Some days it seems that there are so many and I'm nowhere near all the way there yet.... They say this religion is a journey not a destination. Last week was one where I really felt I still have a long way to go!