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The Trials & Tribulations Of A Mitzvah Mom Part 7

The Trials & Tribulations Of A Mitzvah Mom Part 7

By Leslie Adler,

Out With The Invites!

We haven’t done much eating at the dining room table the last few weeks. There was no room for food or people. The table was the site of an assembly line for Bat Mitzvah invitations.

Think of that episode of I Love Lucy at the chocolate factory…only nothing was edible. In fact no food or drink was allowed anywhere near the table!

We worked in stages. Once the invitations were done, we weighed one complete invitation. Then, we were ready to custom order a Zazzle stamp (G-d forbid you don’t customize the stamp to match the invitation or the child’s personality).

Next, we brought envelopes to the calligrapher/printer. Once the stamps arrived, we stamped response card envelopes then we stuffed the back pocket of the invitation with direction card, response card and stamped the response envelope.

When the printer called that envelopes were ready, we placed stamps on that envelope, then we stuffed the already stuffed invite card in the envelope and sealed them all with decorative seals (this required peeling of two strips of tape and resulted in four paper cuts). Final step, we placed the complete “ready-for-mailing” invitations in boxes for the trip to post office. Concluding thought: GM has less steps in building a car!

Now what? (I asked myself) Do I have to follow the general rules of “lead time?” What is the “general rule?” 8 weeks? 10? 12? I was at 11 weeks before my daughter’s Bat Mitzvah and the anticipation of getting them “off the table” was killing me…so much that I was undeterred by rules and torrential rain. Not that the rain went unnoticed.

Mitzvah Mom Sheri said, “Aren’t you concerned about the rain ruining the envelopes?” Mr. Postman, upon drop off said, “Oh, you know it is supposed to rain tomorrow when we will be delivering most of these?” I noticed the rain!! I was just “done” with this phase of planning. I looked at Mr. Postman and said, “No backsies,” and then handed him cookies so he would keep his promise of hand-cancelling so as not to ruin the beautiful Zazzle stamps and left smiling thinking the weather and the delivery are out of my hands…..

Next day…calls came in from people that loved our invitation (people that don’t love it don’t seem to call). No rain damage was reported. What a relief.

Now, after I have dinner at my clean table, I will move on to the next phase of planning.

Till next time…


About Leslie Adler

Leslie Adler is a mother, lawyer and creator of and shares her witty thoughts on the many roles women play in their everyday lives. Leslie also combines her legal skills and friendship experience as presiding judge of Momlogic’s “The Friendship Court.”

We hope you will follow along as this Mitzvah Mom updates us on all the highs and lows leading up to her daughter’s May 2010 Bat Mitzvah. Everything from conflicts with other children’s dates to the dress, catering and other Vendor drama. Leslie will bring humor to this exciting yet stressful time for many families.

Read Part 1 here.
Read Part 2 here.
Read Part 3 here.
Read Part 4 here.
Read Part 5 here.
Read Part 6 here.

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