Wednesday, March 19, 2008

PPS*...


*Pre-Passover Syndrome...


Oy, this is something I'm already suffering from.


Symptoms:

-- clenched stomach muscles

-- new stray gray hairs

--an aversion to brown shelf paper

--continually consulting a calendar

--mental listing

--bingeing on nosh food

--anxiety... I want to eat all the food in the freezer


Like in most cities, Pesach is in the air. It's not even Purim yet, but I sure got a whiff of Pesach last week already when the supermarkets' Kosher aisles were half empty, the dry goods temporarily shelved elsewhere in the stores, and brown paper was lining the shelves.


It used to be the moment Purim was over that Pesach took over, but now Pesach seems to want to have even more of a head start!


And you know how it is with those Mishloach Manot packages -- before we buy goodies to package for others, we hit our own stocks of cookies and cakes and candies and other nosherai and think , "Good, if I give this to ______, it'll be a few less items in my cupboards that I have to get rid of before Pesach."


I had to smile the other night when I was shopping. The kosher aisles in this particular store had mainly been emptied with some shelves already housing paper goods and candy and cookies kosher l'Pesach. A very frum husband and wife were slowly walking down the aisle, presumably looking for where the Purim items were hiding. The husband aimlessly ran his hand along the brown paper lining an empty shelf, and his wife exclaimed in Yiddish: "What? You're touching the Pesachdik paper with 'treife' hands!!?"


I spoke today to a cashier in one of the predominantly Kosher supermarkets nearby and she told me that some years ago, the shelves would only get stocked two weeks before Pesach, so there'd be a mad flurry of purchases. These days, four and five weeks in advance is when the "matzah" ball starts rolling...


I'm sure I'm not the only Jewish female suffering from PPS. Maybe together with others like me, we should form a support group for this time of year. But then, come to think of it, who'd be available? The others will be busy assessing their cupboards and pantries, their cleaning supplies, their paper goods supply...and will then go on to recipes.


I'll still be eating my way through my Mishloach Manot packages...and then tackling the contents of my freezers!


We have some time to worry about Pesach.


In the meantime, I wish you a Freiliche Purim. And to those who celebrate Easter, Happy Easter.



3 comments:

hadassahsabo said...

oh no the P word....i am totally in denial about pesach. nope. not happening. not gonna think about it till after Purim. of course that gives me, what, 72 hours???
Hyperventilating........omg omg omg......

chag purim sameach!

RivkA with a capital A said...

I definitely have PPS! I'm not a major cleaner (I do Pesach cleaning, not spring cleaning), but I am big on getting rid of all our chametz, including foods with grain vinegar and grain based sweeteners. I even write to food companies to try and determine if the vinegar is synthetic or grain based and whether the sweeteners are corn or wheat/barley based. I usually start going through our "stocks" by Tu B'Shvat. But, since there were two Adars this year, I got delayed (not to mention that I'm on chemo and not functioning the way I used to...)

But I started making lists two weeks ago, which is earlier than I've ever started before. Granted, I only am working on the lists for a few minutes each week. But it's happening...

Still, don't be fooled, I'm a major procrastinator and I'm sure that I'll delay everything for the mad rush at the end...

(I read a bunch of your posts!)

orieyenta said...

...and his wife exclaimed in Yiddish: "What? You're touching the Pesachdik paper with 'treife' hands!!?"

Why does that give me of vision of Little Orieyenta and her husband in the future? My very own kosher police - hee hee.

You are so funny with your cleaning the closets for the misloach manot. I love all the goodies but I am always like, "Oy, we have to eat all this stuff before Pesach!" Ouch, my waistline.

Chag Purim Sameach.