Judy Mollen Walters is the author of five novels, A MILLION ORDINARY DAYS (March, 2017), START AT THE BEGINNING (2016), THE PLACE TO SAY GOODBYE (2015), THE OPPOSITE OF NORMAL (2014), and CHILD OF MINE (2013). She is also an essayist whose articles ave been published on the Washington Post, The Huffington Post, SheKnows, and ScaryMommy. She can be reached via her web site at judymollenwalters.com.
My 22-year-old daughter is seriously involved with a wonderful guy. He’s smart, funny, kind, and they just click. He lives in England, so they only get to visit every eight weeks or so, and have…been flying back and forth to each other’s countries since they met while my daughter was on a semester abroad trip a couple of years ago. Video chats and texting and phone calls have been their lifelines. I’ve spent time with them together, observing them, and they are very much in love. Last week, I… >> Read More
On a "Good Morning America" segment last week, their weather person, Ginger Zee, revealed to her coworkers (and viewers), via big boxes of blue balloons, that she was having a boy come December. To…get in the spirit, before Ginger announced her news, three other couples found out what genders their babies would be. Gender reveal parties are all the latest rage. Couples about halfway through their pregnancy, either knowing the gender themselves beforehand or by allowing their doctor to tell a friend or relative, invite friends and family… >> Read More
The binder is blue, plastic, and three-ringed. It says “Holidays” down the side of it in a familiar, black handwriting. I take it out once a year. I open the pages to some of my favorite recipes.…The bing cherry brisket. The potato kugel. The carrot tzimmes. And I always read the list. The order. How to prepare Passover for 20. >> Read More
When my younger daughter finished elementary school, I was not quite ready to go. My kids had been at the school for about 10 years, and I had loved just about every minute of it--from being room…parent to becoming PTO President; from serving on nearly every committee to starting new programs. But my kids were now too old to attend, and it was time for all of us to move on. >> Read More
I walk a loop around a two-mile stretch of a neighborhood near mine in good weather. It's uphill for the first half, downhill for the second. Sometimes a friend joins me. Sometimes my husband joins…me. Sometimes my daughter joins me. Most times I go alone. Until a few weeks ago, I always brought my phone with me. Like most people these days, my phone goes with me everywhere, every time I leave the house, and wherever I am in the house. It feels like protection somehow, even if I… >> Read More
It was a no-brainer for me to send my daughters to a Jewish preschool. I loved the program, the teachers, and the sense of Jewish community. The school didn't celebrate Halloween or Christmas and the…students dipped apples in honey for Rosh Hashanah and made latkes (OK, they were frozen from a bag) for Chanukah. They ate lunch in a pre-fab sukkah once or twice every fall and sang Jewish songs and read Jewish-themed books. I knew my kids would go to public school starting in kindergarten, but at least… >> Read More
I know we're not supposed to admit it, but stay-at-home moms of school-aged children do have a favorite day of the week, and it's probably not what you think it is.
Like all…mothers, I love weekends, the time when the family is together, when my husband is home from work, when we catch up on projects, catch a movie, go out to dinner, and get to spend a little more time together as a family. But what I really like are Mondays. Yes, Mondays. >> Read More
My first delivery went textbook-smooth. From the time my water broke until the time I delivered my daughter was nine hours, which is under the average of 10 to 24 hours for a first labor. The one…thing I hadn’t liked: To get me through the first part of labor, my doctor had ordered some Stadol, a narcotic that is supposed to “take the edge off the pain.” It made me alternately sleepy and groggy. It was only supposed to last an hour or two, but it lasted much longer, and I… >> Read More
I remember a day back when my older daughter was 2.5. We’d had a perfectly lovely morning at the library--story time, one of her favorite activities--and we were headed home for lunch. We walked…down the stairs outside the library and all of a sudden, without provocation, she sat down on the grassy area and refused to get back up. I asked, I told, I begged, and then finally, in frustration, I walked away towards the parking lot and threatened to leave her there. It was definitely not my… >> Read More
My 16-year-old daughter is an atheist. You can't imagine how many people--both Jewish and non-Jewish--this seems to bother more than me.
She's been an atheist for a long time, years perhaps.…First, we forced her to have a bat mitzvah--at least that's what she says. She still resents having to say a bunch of words she didn't agree with, though I don't remember her complaining at the time. She seemed to enjoy the DJ, dancers, food, friends, and gifts at her party. And she did an… >> Read More