I've been back from Canada for a few days, but immensely busy. I have closed on four of the 14 books I had offers on (which means we have come to an agreement on the contract terms) and am still negotiating the rest. Since we are now knee-deep in the Passover/Easter holidays, quite a few of the editors are out of the office until next week.
And I am too. I actually close my office and go to Church on Good Friday. Since my mother is a minister and has worked on Easter Sunday for most of my life, I have been cooking and serving the leg of lamb for over 2 decades. A few years ago, I realized that it's just impossible to serve dinner for 12 on Sunday and then work full steam ahead on Monday, so I close the office on Easter Monday too, just to give myself a day to catch my breath.
This year, one of my clients invited me and my son to her home for their Seder. My son and I used to share the holidays with another Jewish family when he was much younger, but it's been years since he's been to this kind of religious meal, so I thought it would be good for all of us. She said she didn't follow the traditional readings, but had adapted the Seder to her family.
When I asked what we could bring, she mentioned that she would appreciate it if we would share a story about freedom, but we were not obligated to do so.
What she had done was re-write the Seder service around the theme of freedom, tying the Jewish expulsion from Egypt with slavery and oppression including letters from children about Martin Luther King Jr., Gandhi, and Anne Frank. She had about 30 people at the Seder and many of them spoke about their personal experiences with oppression and freedom.
It was quite a inspiring evening, and a terrific sharing experience.