Last night the whole neiborhood was alight with fires!!!
No, it was not a horrible accident. The fires were planned well in advance. The fuel has been gathered for weeks and was arranged, rearranged and disarranged many, many times. The arsonists ages 4 to 14 gathered up old boxes, boards, and anything else that might burn. They were disorganized into lots of groups, either friends or neighbors. Each group zealously guarding its supply of flammables.
The adults indulgently looked on and made sure that at least some safety precautions were taken. Like not making the fire pile right next to the walls.
The provisions were laid in – foil wrapped potatoes, and marshmallows, and hot dogs.
Finally last night, as soon as it got dark the fires went up!
The Lag B’Omer celebrations have started!
We, parents, got together too, in our case on a friend’s roof from were we could see our progeny running around the fires and from time to time shout pointless directions at them so they would know we were watching. The whole fire scene was mainly run by very efficient teenagers, who had much more energy than an average parent can dream off. Bedtime was irrelevant, nutrition forgotten, wonderful time was being had by all!
DH was going to go to Meron, to the grave of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai. This unfortunately did not work out. So instead the four of us – two couples sat on the roof and talked while my friend’s DH was roasting chicken and stakes. “Al ha Eish” literally “on the fire” cooking is much less elaborate than American Barbecue. Some people marinade the meat, some do not bother to do it. The burning coals are deposited into a rectangular metal box (called mangal), a grate is put on top, and here you go cooking. When our host could not find his mangal he was going to use whatever was handy. Since he is a computer geek, the “handy” thing was a metal computer casing.
But after more searching a regular mangal was found after all.
About one in the morning our kids decided that they were ready for bed. DD #1 (G-d bless teenagers), got them home and put them to bed. I stayed up knitting and talking until the stakes were done (about 2 A.M.) and then went off to bed too.
By that time most of the fires on our block were out, it was getting quiet, the bonfire night was almost over.