We Did and Now We Don’t….

Now Then Then Now Painting, Photo by Gary Butterfield on Unsplash Now Then Then Now Painting, Photo by Gary Butterfield on Unsplash

We were a happy people
And now we’re not.

We lived with problems
And now they don’t seem so big.

We were a social people
And now we’re not.

We hugged and shook hands
And now we don’t.

We took for granted celebrating with and kissing our family
And now we don’t.

We moved about without a second thought
And now we can’t.

We took taking a walk for granted
And now we don’t.

We expected our Saturday night dinners with friends to be a given
And now we don’t.

We thought shopping for food and necessities was bothersome
And now we don’t.

We had numerous tasks to do
And now we can’t.

We day-dreamed of freely lounging at home
And now we don’t.

We worked
And now we don’t or in a different way.

Our grandkids kvetched about going to school
And now they don’t.

We avoided cleaning out closets, cupboards and drawers
And now we don’t.

We were getting tired of hearing political overload about the upcoming election
And now we don’t. (We wish the subject on the news WAS politics!)

We thought only doctors and nurses wore protected masks and gloves
And now we don’t.

We believed our government would be more pro-active in taking care of us
And now we don’t.

We prided ourselves in being emotionally strong and resilient
And now we don’t or question it.

We do everything to protect our families and ourselves.
We do everything to make good decisions.
We do everything to make ends meet.
We do everything to show our children/grandchildren that our history as Jews has meaning and staying power.
We do everything to perpetuate our history, our families and daily life.

Amen.

About Sandra Taradash
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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