Friday, December 01, 2006

I Couldn't Have Asked for a Better Way to Start Shabbat

Minutes ago, I hung up the phone after talking to my friend and editor, Leslie, who was shouting with delight.

"I just got a call from my mom," she said. "Are you ready for this?"

I was instantly anxious. In my life, I'm more likely to get crisis calls. Most of them require instant attention. A few have been life or death situations. I usually don't get good news calls.

"Uh, maybe," I said slowly. "Should I be sitting down?"


I sat in the nearest chair, recently vacated by my 3-year-old after playing at the dining room table. "Okay. I'm sitting. What's up?"

I heard Leslie take a big breath. "Like a Maccabee just got a really positive review... in Hadassah Magazine!"

I heard excited whooping; it might have come from me. A little in shock, we talked for a few minutes, and I stumbled over to the comptuer to e-mail Barbara, the author.

Happy Hanukkah, indeed! All I can think is sending G-d and all the people involved a huge THANK YOU!

Now I have to get back to work on As in Days of Old, so perhaps Hadassah Magazine will review it next year.

What wonderful way to start Shabbat!


Anonymous said...

Mazel Tov! I'm so happy for you!

Pattie said...

Sheyna, that SO rocks! Congratulations to you, Publisher Extraordinaire!

Sheyna Galyan said...

Yael and Pattie: Thanks! With a readership of some 250,000 (many of them grandparents) I can't complain!