Evelyn (Orenstein) Cohen met her bashertin 2004, a half-hour from her Massachusetts hometown, and hasn't looked back. She currently works part-time for a Jewish nonprofit in Connecticut, while assuming her full-time role of mother of two. Hobbies include trips to the bathroom alone and attempting to carve out the elusive "me time." She is still trying.
“Mazel tov!” everyone screeched when they found out I was pregnant. Of course they did. I was married to a good man, owned my home, had a secure job, and was now “with child.” Was there any…other appropriate reaction? I took my role as a mom-to-be seriously. I read all the pregnancy/parenting guidebooks, started prenatal yoga, and managed a calendar of doctor appointments. Lucky for me, aside from occasional moodiness and nausea, my pregnancy was pretty uneventful from beginning to end. But my labor and delivery were a totally different story.… >> Read More
A few years ago, my best friend of nearly two decades dumped me. All the articles I’ve read on friendship claim that friends of many years are “friends for life.” But then again, our friendship…was never typical. We met during a critical time in ninth grade when I was awkward and inquisitive. I was thrown into high school without the tools I really needed to succeed. I was a great student and musically talented, but all the new kids were overwhelming. I felt lost. The first few weeks of… >> Read More