HEADWAY WITH BOYS?
Treppenwitz is worried that his teenage daughter might be getting interested in boys: “The transition from ‘little girl’ to ‘young woman’ happens amazingly fast… nearly overnight, it seems. And once a father notices a boy looking in his daughter’s direction, or worse, his daughter looking back… well, sleep becomes fleeting. So it was with some disquiet that I recently noticed that Ariella had taken up crocheting. For those who aren’t from the national religious crowd, a young girl acquiring that skill can indicate only one thing. Young girls in our world crochet kippot… and those kippot are intended for BOYS! Each day I watched as the kippah got bigger and the pattern began taking shape, but I kept my mouth shut. However, I admit to taking special pains to see who was watching Ari when she was hanging around in the crowd of young people at synagogue after Shabbat services. Finally, this past week I noticed that she’d finished working on the kippah… but it was nowhere to be seen. She’s given it to someone! It had been far too small for me, but I also didn’t see any boys in the community walking around wearing that dark blue kippah with the band of green design around the edge… and let me tell you, I looked. Then on Friday night, when we got home from synagogue and it was time to bless the children, I took my son Gilad’s bowed head between my hands and began reciting: ‘May you be blessed like Ephraim and Menasheh…’ But when I opened my eyes, I found myself staring down at the dark blue kippah Ariella had crocheted... sitting proudly on her brother’s head. Boy, am I glad I kept my mouth shut.” bogieworks.blogs.com/ treppenwitz
A commentator on the Treppenwitz blog posted this opinion: “Not to worry you, but we girls often give our brothers our first attempt, the one we learned on so that ‘the boy’ gets one with no beginner mistakes… It’s the second kippah you want to watch for.”