This week was an "off" Shabbos for many Yeshivahs, including my own boys. This is the first week my sons have been home without "Tatty" being in the house. I think they were worried about how things would be without their father present to make Kiddush and sing Zemiros.
In the end it was beautiful.
There was no angry father yelling at the kids not to talk, or get out of their seats.
There was no angry father objecting to conversations that were not "Shabbosdik"!
There was no father forcing the kids to put their finger on the place in their benschers to make sure they sang every single letter in the Zemiros.
Very simply, there was no reign of terror.
Instead our Shabbos table was peaceful, we sang songs that we all enjoyed- songs from Tehilim, and Miami Boys Choir, and Matisyahu. The atmosphere was one of calm togetherness something we have never experienced as a family.
Even though divorce is not an easy ride.....the knowledge that the reign of terror is over, brings me profound inner peace.
A Gud Voch to you all.