H’ Natan, H’ Lakach

That’s short for “The Eternal has given, the Eternal has taken away.” From the book of Job, originally, now recited before Jewish funerals. It concludes with an affirmation that the Eternal is still the Source of Blessing: Y’hi shem Adonai m’vorach.

The children have arrived and we’ve gotten through the first (partial) day. It went well. It’ll be rocky and scary at times, I know, but I’m really proud to be becoming the mother of four. More on that another time.

And Alexis cat has died. Less than 3 days after we knew something was wrong. We’ll bury her on the farm, with appropriate words. The children will be there, I hope. In the meantime her body is in the barn, kept watch over (metaphorically speaking, since she’s in the grain room) by the goats.

So the count is as follows:

  • 1 cat
  • 2 dogs
  • 3 parrots
  • 4 children
  • 6 goats
  • about 50 chickens
  • and the murmuring of innumerable bees

The irony is that tonight while I was milking I was rehearsing those numbers in my head, thinking about blogging, and I thought, “Well, at some point it’ll be one cat again, but for now it’s 2 cats, 2 dogs…” But she’d already died, and we didn’t know it yet.