Friday, September 17, 2010

Belated New Year's Wishes

I've been finding it really hard to find time to sit down and post lately. It's probably due to the fact that I've been really busy with the start of school and the holidays happening at the same time this year. I've also been suffering from writer's block. I have come up with many things I want to write about but when I sit down to write nothing comes out.

A week before Rosh HaShana I saw a powerful movie called A Film Unfinished. It's a documentary about film footage the Nazi's took in the Warsaw Ghetto for propaganda purposes a few month's before the Ghetto was liquidated and it's residents were sent to Treblinka. In one part of the movie survivors of the Ghetto were filmed while watching the footage. One of the women, now a grandmother, said something about her mother that I have not been able to stop thinking about. She said that her mother was a good mother. She made sure that everyday she and her siblings took a shower and brushed their teeth.

Simple acts but not when you are living in the Warsaw Ghetto. In comparison (and this may sound trite) I am always trying to be a good mother which for me means making sure that everything is going well in school, getting the kids to their after school activities, cooking them healthy food, paying attention to them, trying not to yell plus a million other things to numerous to list.

I feel so blessed to be living at a time where I have the luxury to worry about such things. I feel so blessed to be living in a time and place where my children can be joyful about life and joyful of being Jewish. I want to wish everyone a belated Shana Tova (Happy New Year) and a most likely belated Gmar Chatima Tova (may you be inscribed in the book of life for good).

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