I Know an Old Woman….

"Rosh Hashanah 5769 - The Table," by Edsel Little, used via Creative Commons License on Flickr.com
“Rosh Hashanah 5769 – The Table,” by Edsel Little, used via Creative Commons License on Flickr.com

-I know an old Jewish Baby Boomer woman who doesn’t live in a shoe
-She has enough children and always knows what she has to do.

-She feeds them well, homemade challah and chicken soup
-While counting the days till they all fly the coup.

-A husband is no more and that’s ok
-Because she leans on her faith to help get through her day.

-She sends the kinder to Hebrew School
-And they all think being Jewish is cool.

-They study their lessons, stand on the Bimah, love Jewish summer camp, become TAs and do it all very well
-They are happy the old Jewish Baby Boomer woman kvells.

-That her children would be educated and independent is what she prays
-Asking G-d for it to be that way.

-She busies herself to teach them lessons of might
-Hurrying and scurrying hoping they get it right.

-And then before she turns around

-They are all college bound!

-“How could this be?

-Empty-nest is not for me!”

-“I need more time to fill their mind!”
-But as she sits and sheds a tear, she realizes it’s their life for them to find.

-And then an old saying flashes in her head: Give them roots to grow and wings to fly.
“Oh my, oh my,” she sighs.

-“I pray they will be fine….
-But, OMG, will I?”

Yom Kippur is a time for reflection, contemplation and new and creative plans for our future. May we all be inscribed in the Book of Life!

L’Shana Tovah


About Sandra Taradash 94 Articles
As a Baby Boomer Bubbe who still feels 18 but has four grand kids to prove this is the 21 Century, Sandra writes to leave a legacy for the next generations. Her belief that these precious kids need to know their cultural and family's past in order for them to live their future is all the muse she needs! She has a Master's Degree in Psychology and Cross Cultural studies, has written a family history, personal memoir and is completing her first novel. Her grandmother's journey to America and life is her source for her deep belief and love for Judaism.

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