Warms a Jewish Mother's Heart
Nothing makes this particular Jewish Mother happier than seeing her little boy playing one of the three wise men in the Nativity play. He was adorable, and gave his box of gold to the baby Jesus with all the appropriate pomp and circumstance.
Why, you ask, is my Jewish son in a Nativity pageant? Because my kids go to St. Paul's Episcopal School in Oakland. The school is amazing -- fabulous academic program, a true service learning curriculum, and real diversity. Actual real diversity. Unlike every other private school around here with their claims of 40% minority student body, all of whom just happen to be Asian. Have you ever seen the brochures for these private schools? There are like two black kids whose images are sprinkled throughout the brochure, conspicuously arrayed at the forefront of every photograph. Seriously, their parents must be under extraordinary pressure to keep them well-dressed every day, what with the constant demands of the publicity departments. St. Paul's has true diversity, and not just racial. They have a fabulous financial aid program, so there's actual economic diversity, instead of just rich people of every color. If I've got to pay for that with a few Christmas carols, I'm fine with it.
And it makes my parents crazy. So that's fun. (Just kidding mom. Sort of.)