Time, Tap Shoes, Torah
Well, it’s officially 2008, and with only two years to go until the decade is over, am I the only one around here who’s noticed that the current decade still has no name? (How could the people in charge of decade naming let this go on for so long?)
And speaking of eight, I’ve had a pair of size-eight girl’s black patent leather tap shoes from Zappos.com sitting in my apartment since early July. Even though Zappos has free overnight shipping, the shoes still got to us a day too late for my daughter’s tap class, so we had to resort to the old fashioned way of buying shoes – in a store.
And because Zappos has an annoying return policy, I still have the darn shoes. It should be noted that the tap shoes did make their way from the computer room to the dining room last week – which is in fact closer to the front door – when my husband cleaned up a pile of papers into which the box of shoes had somehow fallen. But the move won’t matter very much, because as I was saying, Zappos has the worst return policy ever: they give you an entire year to send back your unwanted shoes. I mean, can you believe the nerve of that place? Do you think I have any motivation to ship those shiny shoes back any time soon with such a flexible deadline?
You know, it seems to me that most non-Orthodox Jews look at the way Orthodox Jews practice Judaism and think that having so many rules and restrictions leads to, well, a restricted life. But structures and goals and expectations motivate people to achieve things in the world. Which is kind of an essential part of existence.
People often think the more flexibility in life, the better, but when there’s no external pressure driving things forward, a certain lethargy often sets in. And bad things could start to happen as a result. Why, you could end up like that nameless decade we’ve been stuck in for the last eight years.