A Happy Mother

On this Mother’s Day, this mother is complete.  She needs nothing more.

Wait a minute.  Did I just say that?  Can I really be Jewish, and say something like that??

If you don’t know the culture well enough to know that “happy” and “mother” do NOT go together, perhaps this might give you some idea:  The other day a dear friend and I practically split a gut laughing about my friend’s idea for a bumper sticker – hope she doesn’t mind my appropriating her brilliance here, and she’s not even Jewish – it goes:

“Think you’re having a good day?  It’s not as good as it could have been.”

But it’s true and I’m not ashamed to admit it.  I’m a Jewish mother AND I’m happy.  Here’s what gives, with the disconcerting happy:

Kids who play freely and well.  The housework can go hang.

One kid who’s growing more and more capable of gentleness and delicacy and nobility.

One kid who’s still curious as heck, and so cute with it all.

Two kids who are smart enough and generous enough to learn to coexist (ridden-herd-over watched-over by Ma and also the little sculpture-guardian over there at the right).  Those who’ve been following the Battle of The Beds lately, you can share in a mother’s “kvell” at this one.  And if you don’t know from “kvell,” look it up in the Yinglish Dictionary and also enjoy the joke – and check out “nachas” too, be sure to listen to that one, all here.

The unutterable sweetness of a sleeping baby –

And of a tired baby who won’t go to sleep because he’s afraid he’ll miss something –

– and who falls out anyway in the end.

Happy Mother’s Day.  To all moms of all kinds.

About nadbugs

Anita loves cats. This must be because she, too, has had nine lives. She’s been dancing since she could walk, she was a commercial artist and advertising producer, she earned a third-degree black belt in Aikido, she is a drummer with the Afrique Aya Dance Company, she is an attorney, and she’s a meditator and a devoted student of Nonviolent Communication. She also spent one lifetime sidelined with a devastating back injury in 1992. Since then – FELDENKRAIS METHOD® to the rescue. The FELDENKRAIS METHOD is all about dreaming concretely – thinking intelligently and independently by way of a gracious and kind physicality. The work affords all who study it a process by which to reach, with movement, into the mind and the heart, to make nine lives into one whole being.
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20 Responses to A Happy Mother

  1. Wishing you a Very Happy Mother’s Day from all of us at the Katnip Lounge! Including the Shiksa.

  2. Happy Mother’s day! I’m well happy to be mom of fur-persons and to leave it at that 🙂 These photos are proof of how good you are at it.

  3. Ivy says:

    Happy Mother’s Day!! So many cute pictures, I fully enjoyed them. So glad to know you’re admitting to be a mother AND happy! LOL

  4. MTVA says:

    Happy Mother’s Day, Cat-Mommy! Lovely pictures and words, it had me kvelling, too…

  5. Wazeau says:

    Have a wonderful day with your lovely cats! Such gorgeous pictures, you can really see the love in Fang’s eyes, huh 🙂

  6. minlit says:

    I was wondering where you’d got to, but you’ve obviously been at a love-in. 🙂 Looks good!

  7. Happy Mother’s Day! Such beautiful pictures of such handsome boys.

  8. rumpydog says:

    Happy Mothers Day my friend!

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