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11 March 2008 @ 08:18 pm
d'var of numbers and faith (#149 Faith)  
Title: d'var of numbers and faith (#149 Faith)
Author: ladygray99
Pairing/Characters: Charlie, Esther
Rating: FRC
Summary: Children don't always follow their parents faith.
Word Count: 300
Spoilers: None
Notes/Warnings: Set in my Vignettes 'verse. Written for numb3rs100. So this is a thought for this 'verse that's been bouncing around my head for a while.  Tried to make it fit the prayer prompt but Faith fit better.  Comment and discussion appreciated.
Disclaimer: Not owned by me.

d'var of numbers and faith

"Come to temple with me today, Dad." Esther asked early one Saturday morning.

"Sweetie, technically I'm not Jewish.  Your grandmother was Presbyterian."

"I know that, but thanks to your tastes in drunken one night stands I am Jewish. So come to temple with me, today."

Charlie cringed. "I need to solve this, maybe next week..."

Esther slammed her hand on the board in front of the trail of chalk. "Dad, come to temple with Grandpa and me. Today."

Charlie was uncomfortable.  He'd been taken to temple when he was four where he argued about the statistical probability of the existence of G-d.  They hadn't taken him back.

The rabbi cleared his throat. "Today the Haftarah will be read by Esther Eppes in performance of her Bat Mitzvah." Charlie's head snapped to his daughter.  She stood with grace, a shawl drawn over her head.  Old men Charlie didn't recognize gave her smiles and nods.

The words came from her lips without fault or hesitation.  It flowed as cleanly from her lips as math came from his fingers.  Words of faith Charlie didn't understand.  Prayer to a G-d Charlie never spoke to. Couldn't calculate. Didn't believe in.  Honest words sung by by someone with faith.

Later Charlie blinked in the sunlight.  People he didn't know congratulated him.

"Why didn't you tell me?" He asked Esther.

"You don't believe in this stuff."

"But you do?"

"I don't have math to make the universe make sense, Dad. I can't just look at things and calculate how they fit.  Sometimes I just have to have faith."

Charlie looked at the grass. Calculated its rate of growth and the height of the sun by the shadow. "Aren't we supposed to throw you a party?"

"Buy me an ice cream and we'll call it good."
boymommytotwoboymommytotwo on March 11th, 2008 04:12 pm (UTC)
:clutches chest:

that was wonderfully beautiful. a smidgen of me always wants to _be_ your esther... she's not only brilliant in an annoying genius sort of way, but confident and i think i've used the word sassy before... and so self-aware.

if i didn't love, i mean _love_ her daddies so much, i think i'd heart her. i think i might, anyway. ;)

why the "G-d"?

as always, dear,
ladygray99ladygray99 on March 11th, 2008 06:19 pm (UTC)
Always glad someone hearts her. I'm fond of her.
As for the question in certain Jewish traditions you're not supposed to write down the name of the almighty because once it's written down it can be destroyed (as it was explained to me) So it's occasionally written out as above. Considering what I was writing on I decided to stick with that convention.
boymommytotwo: colby charlie hazyboymommytotwo on March 11th, 2008 08:03 pm (UTC)
very interesting... i had never heard that before.
ladygray99ladygray99 on March 11th, 2008 08:27 pm (UTC)
*shrug* My high school was about half Jewish but they were all pretty secular California Jews so I just picked up bits a pieces over the years.
fredbassettfredbassett on March 11th, 2008 04:27 pm (UTC)
As ever, I love your Esther :)
ladygray99ladygray99 on March 11th, 2008 06:19 pm (UTC)
I love her too. :)
(Anonymous) on March 11th, 2008 05:37 pm (UTC)
It's a really good thing that father and daughter aren't two math genius. It gives your verse something I couldn't translate in English, something implying depth and realism.

ladygray99ladygray99 on March 11th, 2008 06:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I don't think I could write a second math genius but I wanted there to be something exceptional about her.
autumnwriting: colbyautumnwriting on March 11th, 2008 09:34 pm (UTC)
More Vignettes! Yay! This is very sweet. =)

Thank you for honoring the Lord's name--it pleasantly surprised me. Many people don't necessarily show respect when writing about other cultures' traditions, and it always makes me feel good when someone does.
ladygray99ladygray99 on March 11th, 2008 09:39 pm (UTC)
I'm more or less agnostic myself but went to school with lots of Jewish kids. I figure if I'm writing about a Bat Mitzvah I should treat it properly. Glad you liked it.
autumnwriting: colbyautumnwriting on March 11th, 2008 09:43 pm (UTC)
I'm the one Jewish girl in a town of Polish Irish, and Italian Catholics.

Needless to say, anything that is done with Jewish traditions in mind by a non-Jew makes me smile.

:) <---
ladygray99ladygray99 on March 11th, 2008 09:51 pm (UTC)
Well it's nice to know I could give a smile.
By one of those weird flukes of genetics I came out looking very Jewish though that's probubly one of the only things I don't have in my background (american mutt here). I would walk into class on high holy days and the teachers would look at me like 'what are you doing here?'
autumnwritingautumnwriting on March 11th, 2008 10:03 pm (UTC)
Haha. That's ironic because I am also half Irish from my dad's side...fair-skinned and all...and my last name is Irish.

So I'm absent on the high holy days and people are like, "WTF were you?"

Only in America, honestly. : )
(Anonymous) on March 11th, 2008 11:12 pm (UTC)
I love your icon here. realy brings out colby's good side
autumnwritingautumnwriting on March 12th, 2008 12:09 am (UTC)
Thank you! I can't claim credit, however...it was made by the talented mustangcandi.
(Anonymous) on March 12th, 2008 04:12 pm (UTC)
Very nice. I just love Esther. I'm glad that she dragged Charlie along. He would have been hurt if he had missed such an important event in his daughter's life.

Twins' Mom
ladygray99ladygray99 on March 12th, 2008 06:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you. Over the years Esther gets good at managing both her dad. :)
Tamanna: charlie equationsswingandswirl on March 16th, 2008 03:13 pm (UTC)

Oh, this is so cute! *loves* You got Charlie spot-on here, right from the arguing with the priests to his conversation with Esther after. *squishes them both*

Just one small thing, though- shouldn't Colby have been with them? Unless non-Jews aren't allowed at Bat Mitzvahs, although I don't recall that being the case in other stuff I've read.
ladygray99ladygray99 on March 16th, 2008 06:30 pm (UTC)
Probably, I think Esther just wanted this to be between her and Charlie. I actually think Colby would have made a bigger deal out of it. Insisted on a party or something and she just wanted to go low key old school.