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News from Middle Tennessee's Jewish Community | Thursday, May 30, 2024
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Let's Talk Retirement: It's May - So Happy Mother's Day!

IT’S MAY – SO, HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY! 

As you think of a gift 

For your Jewish Mother this year 

Here is a thought 

That you should hold dear: 

A JEWISH MOTHER NEVER RETIRES! 

Yes, it all began   

In the usual way 

She shouted and groaned 

On her Labor Day. 

Then she held you real close 

And inspected each part. 

You could tell by her face 

That you’d stolen her heart 

A JEWISH MOTHER NEVER RETIRES 

Your pulkies filled out; 

You started to talk. 

She said, ‘You’re a genius!’ 

And watched you like a hawk. 

Then you started school 

Ahead of the rest 

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She packed all your lunches 

(Brisket sandwich was best!) 

You got older and said, 

“Even though I’m quite clever, 

I want to play sports!” 

She said, “NO CONTACT SPORTS – EVER!” 

A JEWISH MOTHER NEVER RETIRES 

Soon it was college; 

You fit into the crowd. 

Finally choosing a career   

That would make her proud. 

But her laser-like attention  

Put you on the hook. 

It wasn’t easy choosing friends 

Because she’d give you that look 

She’d say, “Really? This one?” 

 (But you’d tried not to upset her) 

“Honestly,” she’d comment, “I really think 

You could do better.” 

A JEWISH MOTHER NEVER RETIRES! 

There were Seders and Break Fasts; 

You made sure to attend. 

But her wanting updates daily 

Would just have to end. 

The years they flew by 

Marriage, kids, and a house. 

She’s an in-law and a grandparent, 

Loving you and your spouse. 

Sometimes she is nudgy - 

With her support and her love. 

Other times it is like 

She was sent from above. 

She may have stopped working 

In her choice career. 

But she never stopped mothering 

Her children so dear. 

Opinionated, outspoken,  

Determined to be a part, 

A Jewish mother loves her kids 

With all of her heart. 

So, remember on Mother’s Day to tell her you love her, because 

A JEWISH MOTHER NEVER RETIRES!  

 

With motherly love, 

Loretta