A Family Reunion On Belle. Isle
Each month in this space,
L'Chayim will present a Yiddish
lesson entitled, "Du Redst Yiddish?
(Do You Speak Yiddish?)," whose
aim is to encourage further study of
Yiddish. The lesson will include a
brief story utilizing the Yiddish
words to be studied and a
vocabulary list with English
The lessons were prepared by
Mary Koretz of Oak Park.
Following is this month's
One day out of each zumer, my
father's extended family hobn zich
farzamlt at Belle Island, for a get-
together. Overlooked were all the
differences that had ongeklibn
during the year. My father's family
hobn gehat differences. They arose
over such inyen as "so and so"
was told of a forthcoming chasene
before "der un der." Nor were zay
persuaded that the post delivery
was responsible for this to'es.
At any rate, all slights, emes
and imagined, were opgelaygt this
one day of the year, in the spirit of
family love and ibergegebnkeit.
Invariably, it was a hays
summer zuntog when we arrived at
the island, or rather descended
upon it, complete with feters,
mumes, shvesterkinder and pots.
The pots were groys and contained
enormous amounts of esnvarg
prepared by the various women. I
don't know if it was the happy
noises of the group or the odor of
the kroyt in the borsht, the knobl
in the pot roast or the chicken
shmalts in the noodle pudding, but
little by bisl, picknickers who were
not mitglider of our family moved
away. Thus, we had a gants section
of the island as a private ort.
A shady spot was decided upon
and fish were dragged to it. The
tishtech were spread, the teler and
zilbervarg laid out and the pots
opened. Such heavenly odors arose
as to machen the mouth water, to
roytsn the appetite mercilessly. But
first the women had to exclaim their
admiration of each others'
maycholim. They could afford to be
braythartsik because each was
sure that her efforts had resulted in
the tastiest contribution.
Finally, we ate. That is, the
children habn opgegsn and the
adults overate. The teps were taken
avek, the silverware, dishes and
tablecloth removed. Ayder everyone
left, my father hoisted me onto the
table. He announced, "Mary will
recite a lid for us."
Then, with a flourish, he added,
He informed zay that, in spite
of the fact that I was born in
America, I could do this. There
wasn't anyone there who didn't
know vuhin I was born but each
yor they were reminded. In a haze
of embarrassment, I deklarmirt in
Yiddish. I sensed the polite
pretense of interest in my captive
audience and shared their feelings.
Nor my father felt az this was the
highlight of everyone's day.
Following this tetikeit, the men
preceeded to go to the shlofen
under a shady boym. The women
talked, caught up on the past year's
pasirungen. Occasionally, their talk
was ibergeshlogn by one of them
crying, "Chaim, don't wander
avek." Once, I wandered away. I
experienced an exhilerating feeling
of freedom and discovery. I hob
gekomen upon a nearly-deserted
spot. It was shtil, almost hushed.
The grass was green and inviting.
Mid from my walks, I hob zich
avekgeztst on the ground. The
grass felt like zeid; the earth
smelled pungent and wonderful. It
was lovely. Years shpeter, when I
read "Oh earth, I cannot hold thee
close enough," it brought that
moment back to mind. It still does.
hob zich avekgezetst
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