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Happy New Year!

Forty six years ago, as a completely immature teenager, I ran away from home in Topeka, Kansas for my great adventure.  I moved to New York to study flute with my idol, Julius Baker. 

During the months before I left home (while I was planning my getaway), I went to a lot of movies filmed in New York.  And they all had something in common.  There were masses of people all over the place.  So imagine my surprise when I emerged from Penn Station to find the streets deserted.

I hailed a cab to go to residence for young women where I'd planned to begin my life in the Big City.  And I asked the cabbie where all the people were.

"It's a holiday, honey."

I started thinking, in September?  What holiday was he talking about? 

So he explained that it was the New Year.  But, um, what happened to January 1st?  Oh!  It was the Jewish New Year - rosh hashanah!

Oh, Toto!  We're not in Kansas anymore!

And it was a great adventure that totally changed my life.  My parents were horrified, and looking back on the experience, I must have had a very busy guardian angel.  I was a baby!  And right off the turnip truck!  And it was an amazing decade of studying flute, working for an airline and traveling the world, and picking up my degree in bits and pieces.  When people ask me where I grew up, I tell them "New York."

Anyway, I've always thought of September as a time of new beginnings.  And tonight, as the sun set on rosh hashanah 2009, I realized that I've adopted this particular 2-day holiday as a very special time for this shiksa!

Comment balloon 22 commentsPatricia Kennedy • September 20 2009 08:52PM


It is a great holiday here also. This weekend is the quietest weekend along with Yom Kippur weekend also. Our phones barely ring and it is a nice change to be able to reflect and just enjoy the time of quiet.

Posted by Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services (Get It Done For Me Virtual Services ) about 11 years ago

Happy New Year,Patricia!!  I went walking with my friend from Israel Sat. morning...and I asked her what year it is. I believe she said 5770.  What a rich heritage.  I am amazed how God has brought the Jews through so much...and they still occupy the land given to them thousands of years ago. :)

Thanks for sharing about your New York fun! 

Posted by Sonja Patterson, Texas Monthly 5-Star Realtor Recipient for the Hou (Keller Williams - BV) about 11 years ago

Katerina, this weekend was totally not a chance to reflect, until just now!

And Sonja, 5770!  Wow!  That's a whole lot of years!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) about 11 years ago

Pat-  I never know you were from Topeka!  DO you know who else is from there?  The Pool Guy.  You know who I am talking about!

Posted by James Downing - Metro DC Houses Team REALTORS®, CRS, GRI, ABR,MRP, MilRes, When Looking to Buy or Sell - Make the Right Move (Real Living | At Home) about 11 years ago

Who would have ever thought you came to DC from the corn fields. Lots of stories in between I bet.

Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) about 11 years ago

James, I didn't know that pool guy was from Topeka!

And Terry & Bonnie, actually, it was wheat fields!  Well, some corn, too!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) about 11 years ago

Pat..Happy and healthy New Year!


Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) about 11 years ago

Thank you, Hannah!  And a happy and healthy New Year to you, too!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) about 11 years ago

Great story, Pat.  Who would have guessed that you ran away from home - in Kansas, no less.  Yes, you must have had a very busy guardian angel to keep you safe in New York... and you're still keeping him busy!

Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) about 11 years ago


I am nt religious, and came to know Jewish Holidays after coming to New York. I even worked for a charitable Jewish Organization. At that time I knew all Holidays.

Now I only know when my friends send me cards. Like the one I got the other day.

Posted by Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL, Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices (Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408) about 11 years ago

Well then Happy New Year Pat !!!!

... fun and adventurous story :o)

Cheers !

Posted by Sheldon Neal, That British Agent Bergen County NJ (Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited) about 11 years ago

Hi Pat... L'shana Tova!  May you have a happy, heathy and prosperous new year filled with peace and all that you wish for yourself!  :)

Posted by Steve Shatsky about 11 years ago

It seems you've led quite the colorful life;) Good for you!

Posted by Barb Szabo, CRS, E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes (RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio) about 11 years ago

Pat: ah, you ar the adventurer and I love the photo!

Posted by Janice Roosevelt, OICP ABR, ePRO,Ecobroker ( Keller Williams Brandywine Valley ) about 11 years ago

Patricia - that's not wideley celebrated in the Athens area, sounds like a terrific adventure you have had, may it long continue.

Posted by Mike Saunders (Lanier Partners) about 11 years ago


That is an interesting story. I have only been to the big apple once and can imagine the effort it took to live there safely.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) about 11 years ago

Pat:  I would have been as clueless as you.  In fact, I'm so clueless I didn't even realize that Rosh Hashanah was today.  What a great story! 

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) about 11 years ago

What a very cool story!  Thanks for sharing it with us and Happy New Year!



Posted by Kathleen Cooper, Sposato Realty Group - Broker Owner (Kathleen Cooper, Sposato Realty Group) about 11 years ago

Pat, I too celebrated Rosh Hashana with my Orthodox friends and found it to be very inspiring.  A great time to reflect

Posted by Debbie Aldrich, Salt Lake City Realtor - Salt Lake County, Cottonwood Heights (The Watts Group Real Estate ) about 11 years ago

Hi Pat!  What a great story!  I just read another one about the holiday and feel horrible that I didn't phone to wish my Jewish friends a Happy New Year!  Shame on me!

Have a great week...

Debe in Charlotte

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! ( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) about 11 years ago

You've done well!  But how'd you end up in DC?


Posted by Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR (RE/MAX Advantage) about 11 years ago

Shana Tova! Wishing you a sweet, healthy and prosperous year!

Posted by Mitchell J Hall, Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan & Brooklyn (Compass) about 11 years ago