Switching gears now, it’s easy to focus on the bad. I learned so many wonderful things growing up. Many of those things, I speculate have passed down through the generations. Starting with,
Zest for life:
I don’t know anybody who could beat my mom’s energy and humor. This lady was “the bomb” in today’s positive vernacular. She taught me to dance the jitterbug as a young teen, was up for adventure at the drop of a hat, could make anything fun and had you crying with laughter at her jokes. Mom had a mean Yiddish and pushed the boundaries with her zest. One of my son Kobi’s favorite stories about Bubbe follows.
When my mom and dad were young newlyweds, they lived in the Bronx tenements. All the units were close together with thin walls. Undoubtedly the neighbors had a pretty good idea of each other’s business.
My dad had a short temper and simultaneously he was EXTREMELY reserved. One day after a spat, he stormed out of the apartment, down the steps, into the Bronx city streets. I imagine the apartment was a bit shaken from his outburst. As he was stomping away, my mom, rather than stewing in anger or feeling sorry for herself, leaned out the tenement window, and in front of all who were out and about, shouted down,
“I love you Meshugana!”
Fast forward fifty years…When my teenage son Kobi and I would get into an argument, and if I acted a bit overbearingly pushy, or he teenagingly bone-headed, one of us would yell out, “I love you Meshugana!” It interrupted the rabble and restored good will. On a similar note, my older son, borrowing from a “South Park” episode (yes I know), would yell out “rabble, rabble, rabble” when Kobi and I would get into it. It got us laughing, even when we wanted to stay mad. I have some of my mom’s energy and zaniness. Sometimes it’s gotten me in trouble. All in all, it’s made life a lot of fun. I wouldn’t trade it.
I don’t know where my mom got her sense of humor and zest, but I imagine it came from her parents, grandparents, or great grandparents just as my sons and I now carry it forward. ©
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