Monday night I looked at the news on my phone's web browser, and was delighted to see that Rep. Gabrielle Giffords returned to the House of Representatives for the first time since she was nearly assassinated in January. After reading the article, I posted the following to both my Facebook and my Twitter accounts:
I said a Shehecheyanu when I heard that Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was able to be in the House to cast her vote on the debt deal.
For those of you who aren't Jewish or aren't familiar with the prayer, it is said at the beginning of major Jewish holidays but more importantly at happy occassions. The prayer roughly translates as follows:
Blessed are you, Lord our G-d, King of the Universe, who has granted us life, sustained us, and enabled us to reach this occasion.
I certainly wasn't overjoyed by what was actually going on, namely the vote on the debt ceiling. People keep complaining about the politics in Congress, and it keeps getting worse.
But I was overjoyed at the recovery so far for this remarkable woman, who I admit I had not heard of prior to the shooting that nearly killed her and killed six others. She was determined to do her job and represent her district for this important vote. It wasn't how she voted that was so important, but that she has recovered to the point that she could do so.
At this writing, I have 661 Facebook friends and like most people I guess probably 1/3 to 1/2 are rarely if ever actually on Facebook. I've got 474 Twitter followers. The only response I got on Twitter was from a follower who explained what the Shehecheyanu prayer was. But on Facebook I've gotten 15 likes and a few comments (including one from me explaining the prayer.
I've been working at becoming more engaged on Twitter but am clearly not there yet. Facebook I seem to have the hang of.
The previous two paragraphs here though don't really matter that much. It is and always will be more important that someone, be they a Congresswoman I've never met, someone I know, or someone completely unknown to me, has made such a miraculous recovery. While I'd prefer that Rep. Giffords hadn't been the injured and the six others killed, I was happy to say a Shehecheyanu for reaching this occasion. And I'd prefer the next Shehecheyanu I say is purely for a joyous occassion, one with no sadness attached to it.