If you celebrate Passover, you know what I’m talking about. If you don’t celebrate Passover, you’re about to find out what it is.
Too much matzah. With all the different dietary restrictions during the eight days of Passover, there’s only so much to eat, so everything is made out of matzah — fried matzah, matzah pizza, matzah stuffing. It gets repetitive. Hence the fatigue we feel deep in our stomachs.
But when Passover ends and you eat that first bite of bread, it’s like heaven. For a few days afterward, I feel especially appreciative of rolls, pizza, and cereal. (Crispy-O’s should not be considered cereal. There is no way to “enjoy” this cereal “all year round.”) In short, Passover makes me thankful for bread.
Passover is a valuable reminder that we usually appreciate something only when it’s gone. I take bread and pasta for granted most of the year, but during the week after Passover ends, I can’t get enough of it. I’m happy that it’s back in my life, I have access to all this food and I don’t have any health problems that prevent me from having gluten.
Appreciate what you have. It extends beyond food.
I’m not saying you need to deprive yourself of something in order to be grateful for it. Just pay attention to what’s going on around you. If you have food, shelter, a job or friends and family, that’s more than a lot of people have.
In the meantime, I’ll munch on matzah, waiting to appreciate some bread.