May 15 2012
Ticker tape parade? Not enough.
It was Mother’s Day Sunday, as you may have heard.
I’ll readily admit that I’m insanely hormonal as of late. I’m entering my fifth month of my fourth pregnancy. And I know that Mother’s Day is the day that we’re supposed to think about how blessed we are, how lucky we are to be mothers, how being a mother is the most wonderful thing in the world. And that if I don’t appreciate all that–especially on Mother’s Day–I’m an ungrateful little toad.
All that is true. But as I read my Facebook friends’ updates about being feted in bed by children bearing homemade chocolate-covered strawberries–as I prepared to host 15-odd family members for brunch–I thought, you know something? What *would* constitute a “good enough” celebration of this Day of Days, or as my husband (incorrectly) called it, this “Hallmark holiday”? Read the rest of this entry →
May 11 2012
Earlier this week, we were trying to think of which moms we wanted to honor this Mother’s Day. Sure, there are women throughout history that have done fantastic things for the state of motherhood, and there are definitely some trailblazers today that are working to make a difference in the lives of moms.
But when we thought about it, really thought about it, the group of mothers we so desperately wanted to thank was right under our noses. This Mother’s Day, we’re sending out a big old I LOVE YOU to all of the women who have written for Kveller. We couldn’t exist without you, which is pretty much the definition of motherhood, right? All your beautiful faces make us very proud, and we hope each and every one of you has the best Mother’s Day (and Mother’s Week, and Mother’s Year, and Mother’s LIFE) possible.
Mother’s Day is on Sunday, and in addition to honoring and thanking the mother figures in my life, I also want to thank my fellow Mommy friends. On my first Mother’s Day in 2008, my older daughter pulled over a cup of hot coffee and sustained burns up and down her left leg. This is a post I wrote to a friend after that happened.
Thank you. I was having a terrible week (a week when even a little retail therapy didn’t help) and I called you and blurted out my craziness, my worries, my fears (so much for focusing on the present, I guess) and without a pause or hesitation, you invited me over. We sat at your kitchen table, eating our sandwiches, and I told you about the burn (even though I’d already told you the story two? three? times before). Read the rest of this entry →
When I was younger, nobody talked about miscarriages.
For this Mother’s Day, one of our writers reflects on her previous miscarriages, and just how lucky she is to be a mom.
When I was pregnant for the first time, at 22 years old, I miscarried.
I had cramps, saw drops of blood, and waited. The next day, on the toilet, I felt something drop out of me. I flushed before I could look.
I had a D&C. My husband comforted me and I called my mother. I didn’t tell anyone else.
A month later, I found a lump in my breast. I had to wait four weeks to see if it was the result of an inflamed milk duct from the pregnancy. Read the rest of this entry →
How do Israeli’s celebrate Mother’s Day? What’s the deal with single mothers by choice? Just how many working moms are there? In honor of Mother’s Day coming up (this Sunday!), we wanted to see how well you know your Jewish mother stuff.
Our quick Mom Quiz is ready and waiting for you. And if you do well, you can officially call yourself an expert mom.
Take the Mom Quiz today!
May 10 2012
It’s unavoidable, whether you think it’s the perfect opportunity to express your gratitude, or just another Hallmark holiday. Mother’s Day is this Sunday, and we thought we’d have a little fun by hosting yet *another* contest. This one is for all you Tweeters out there, so get your hashtag fingers ready:
We’re looking for six word stories, all about moms. It could be your favorite Mother’s Day memory, an ode to being a mother, or an ode to your own mother. Whatever it is, we’re asking for it in just six words. Here’s an example (please don’t judge):
Gave me life, and homemade cookies.
To enter the contest, tweet your 6-word story @kveller along with the hashtag #MamalehDay. We’ll choose a favorite by Monday morning, and the winner will receive–drum roll please–a copy of Mayim Bialik’s book, Beyond the Sling!
May 9 2012
In honor of Mother’s Day, one of our writers reflects on the lasting memories of her mom.
My mom was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in November, 1999. For a while, chemotherapy was her powerful ally, and she won battle after battle against the invader cells. By May, 2002, she was proclaimed “cancer free,” and went traipsing off to Provence with my dad and his cousins for a 10-day adventure, where they enjoyed the flowering countryside, good food, and fine wine.
She returned happy and very, very tired. When the fatigue didn’t lift after a few weeks, she was back at her oncologist’s office, bravely facing the terrible news: The cancer was back. With a vengeance. So, she and her oncologist tried to hit back twice as hard, until she developed a life-threatening toxicity to the only drug that was kicking cancer’s ass. But, instead of giving up, she entered a hard-core clinical trial–one that left her skin blistered and peeling, her nights suffocated by excruciating dreams, and her unusually keen memory foggy and addled. Read the rest of this entry →
May 8 2012
In my speechwriting days, whenever I was on deadline and stuck for inspiration, I’d turn on the radio and look through famous quotations. Given their way with words, the three men I always turned to first were Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill, and Martin Luther King, Jr. I never had a favorite quotation, but in recent months, I’ve found myself frequently mulling this King comment:
“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.” Read the rest of this entry →
May 3 2012
We already told you about the great deal we’ve got going with Rabbi’s Daughters, in which you buy one Mamaleh/Bubeleh necklace, you get one free. We’re also excited to announce a bonus giveaway, in which one lucky winner will get a free Mamaleh t-shirt. Now that’s what we call a great Mamaleh’s Day.
All you have to do to enter is LIKE us on Facebook (if you don’t already, of course) and then drop us a note in the comments below saying hi, or whatever you’d like to say to us. We’ll choose a random winner on Wednesday, May 9th, so enter today!
May 1 2012
Whoa there! Did you know that Mother’s Day is coming up, really really soon? It’s Sunday, May 13th, to be exact, and in honor of this sort-of holiday, we’re offering Kveller readers a great deal from one of our favorite websites, Rabbi’s Daughters.
If you are looking for the perfect gift for your wife or your own mother (or yourself!), the Yiddish gift fairy (that’s a thing, right?) has made all your dreams come true with these “Mamaleh” and “Bubeleh” necklaces. They come in either gold or sterling silver, and for the entire month of May, if you buy one, you can get a second one FREE. Or, if you don’t want two awesome necklaces, you can get a FREE Yiddish sayings travel bag with the purchase of a necklace.
To claim your prize, when you’re checking out, be sure to write “Kveller” in the comments section, and then indicate which free gift you would like (if you choose a necklace, be sure to tell them which one you’d like).
Happy Mother’s Day and happy shopping to all you mamalehs out there.