Invites - done (despite losing 25 of them the night before they went out)
Mitzvah (charity) Project- chosen and in process.
Florist - chosen
Caterer - chosen
DJ, photographer, entertainment - chosen
Video Montage - WORKING ON IT!
Hair appts - booked
Hebrew Names for family - who the f**k knows.
Daughter's dress/shoes - done
Husband's suit/shoes - done.
Son's outfit/shoes - this weekend.
My outfit - who the f**k knows.
After a lifetime of being a non-Jewish Jew, I am suddenly immersed in everything Jewish. We're doing Shabbat, going to Friday night services, becoming buddies with the (heretofore strangers) Rabbi and Cantor.
Not to say it's bad. In fact, it's rather nice. But while I can organize a party as well as the next yahoo, I am out of my league when it comes to the religious aspects of the Bat Mitzvah. Memorizing and singing prayers (and, of course, understanding their meaning!), researching Hebrew names, figuring out the logistics of the actual ceremony...
It's gibberish. It's greek. It's daunting.
And the part that gives me the most tsuris? Is the SPEECH.
I am the mother of the Bat Mitzvah girl, for God's sake. I can't have a lame speech!
And, yes, some part of this event IS ABOUT ME!
I want the speech to be good. Really good. So, of course...I'm having total writer's block.
Does someone, anyone, have ideas/advice on writing a dynamite speech?
The last time I spoke in front of a lot of people was Public Speaking 101 at UMich which was way too long ago to mention, much less draw from.
Any openers? Jokes? Ghost writers? (kidding). But advice and guidance would be greatly appreciated.
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