Why Didn’t I Think Of That?!

I should have realized years ago when my daughter was at her best friend’s house for the sabbath. She later had told me how they passed around the Kiddush cup after they all took a sip and that’s when she renounced judaism. Wait- it was when they took a piece of challah and kept pulling from the one torn piece to share and that’s when she left the faith.

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I get it- people just want to help. I know, because I am one of those know it alls who think they have the answer. So I get when I’m telling someone my situation that they have it better figured out. For example, one of my friends asked my daughter what she does all day and what she would be doing if she were her own daughter- and when they left, it was hours of torment for their (my) big mouth.

But I try to tell my daughter that as Jews, when a fellow Jew sees a child home and not in camp, they instantly know they’re fucked up. Yes, I have told my friends what’s happening, but even if I hadn’t, they’d all know anyhow.

The other evening, another friend had it all figured out-

Friend: How about I take her to lunch?

Me: Not going to happen.

Friend: Why? I’m fun, she’ll love to be with me.

Me: OK; ask her.

Friend: Do you want to go to lunch and hang out?

Kid: No.

Friend: (Whispering) She can’t just stay home all day! You should send her to an overnight camp for a few weeks so you have time to yourself…. she’ll be fine!

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About Lady in Red

mom of 3
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