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Jewish Moms

Bad Parents

   Some people say Zach (not his real name) is so negative and that he's strange. But I liked him the first time I met him. He says I'm closer to him than his own brother. Last Tuesday he opened up to me. Zach was just a boy in Lebanon when his parents brought him to the doctor 3 days after the pain started in his legs. The doctors scolded his parents because, had they responded sooner, they could have prevented the debilitating polio virus from spreading. His parents said they didn't think it was important. Zach remembers his father bargaining with his doctor for a cheaper "polio shoe." His father didn't buy it for him. Zach remembered his life wasn't worth the price of a shoe. His father never encouraged him. Instead he ridiculed Zach and wanted to see him fail so he could tell him he was stupid. His parents would spank him with a 2 x 4. One time, Zach stopped his mother while he was being punished and warned her that there would come a time when they would be dependent on his income. His Mom laughed and hit him harder.

   Fast forward. His parents have lived with Zach for decades. Today, at 50, Zach's brittle legs are getting weaker yet he is an excellent dental lab entrepreneur in Los Angeles. His brother and sister (who are physically healthy) run to him for financial help. Two months ago his grumbling leach-of-a-father passed away. Zach hated his father and only had the funeral ceremony because it was customary. Until his death, his father remained a selfish and depressing old fool.

   Zach has all the excuses to justify turning into a criminal; instead, he made a choice to change the story his parents had written for him.

   Has life thrown you a curve? Remember Zach. We may be entitled to our excuses but at the end of the day, we are the authors of our own lives.
   

Wisdom from Daniela of Pasadena, CA
Words of Wisdom

Sometimes when you're in a dark place you think you've been buried, but actually ... you've been planted.
--- Christine Caine

Thanks to this week's winners:
Kristin and Daniela of Pasadena; Naomi of North Hollywood; Ray of Los Angeles; and Mike of New York.



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But while Joseph was there in the prison, the Lord was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden.
--- Genesis 39:20-21

If Only They Had a Jewish Mom
Contributed by Naomi of North Hollywood, CA
(Norm of Arcadia sent this to me back in September of 2010 but I thought I'd share it again since my intro was about parenting.)

MONA LISA'S JEWISH MOTHER :
"After all the money your father and I spent on braces, this you call a smile?"

CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS' JEWISH MOTHER :
"I don't care what you've discovered, you didn't call, you didn't write ..."'



MICHELANGELO
'S JEWISH MOTHER :
"A ceiling you paint? Not good enough for you the walls, like the other children?
Do you know how hard it is to get that schmutz off the ceiling?"

NAPOLEON'S JEWISH MOTHER :
"You're not hiding your report card??.. Show me!
Take your hand out of your jacket and show me!"

ABRAHAM LINCOLN'S JEWISH MOTHER :
"Again with that hat! Why can't you wear a baseball cap like the other kids?"

GEORGE WASHINGTON'S JEWISH MOTHER :
"Next time I catch you throwing money across the Potomac,
you can kiss your allowance good-bye!"

THOMAS EDISON'S JEWISH MOTHER :
"Okay, so I'm proud that you invented the electric light bulb.
Now turn it off already and go to sleep!"

PAUL REVERE'S JEWISH MOTHER :
"I don't care where you think you have to go, young man,
midnight is long past your bedtime!"

ALBERT EINSTEIN'S JEWISH MOTHER:
"Your senior picture and you couldn't have done something with your hair?"

MOSES' JEWISH MOTHER:
"Desert, schmesert!! Where have you really been for the last forty years?"

BILL GATES' JEWISH MOTHER:
"It would have killed you to become a doctor?"

BILL CLINTON'S JEWISH MOTHER:
"Well, at least she was a nice Jewish girl."


Videos of the week:

Dad Tries to Cut Baby's Fingernails
Contributor: Ray of Los Angeles, CA

Dad cutting nails of baby

Cute and funny video about a fun moment between father and daughter.


Your Stick Figure Will Come to Life
Contributor:
Mike of New York
stick figure

Pretty cool interactive animation. Make a doodle with your mouse and watch it come to life.

Cool Invention to Bring Back Family Time
Contributor:
Mike of New York

Stop WiFi invention

Gone are the days when the family gather around in the dinner table and share a conversation. This cool gadget helps you rekindle those moments.

You Are Special
Contributor:
Kristin of Pasadena, CA

Max Lucado; You are Special

We all carry labels --- labels that are placed by others and labels that we place on ourselves. This narrative video is a good reminder of who we truly are.

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