|12 year old Vanessa|
|My sister and I in the Old City, 1972|
I had an English teacher who when teaching us Shakespeare used the phrase "to Jew someone down" and I immediately told my parents, who called the High School's administration and had me transferred into another class. (The teacher denied saying it by the way). I mention all of these incidents to bring to light how being Jewish in a small town can affect other people.
Attending an educator meeting on Wednesday November 9 many of my younger colleagues were wondering how to talk to their young children and tell them about the election; how could they explain to their children when they were very sad themselves. I was thinking about what to tell my children, all in their 20's and especially to the one who was working for someone who did not get elected and he does not have a job now. I think my husband put it best when he wrote/texted them the following:
|My kids, helping right before Pesach|
It is OK to be sad and a little depressed, but do not let it control you. Life always has its ups and downs, and I do think (after first going through my own internal rants and vents and worries about the world and country being doomed. OK, got that out of the way now), that really, that life always goes on.
. . . So, DON’T EVER LET GO OF YOUR IDEALISM. Lital, I think your principal is correct and I see you guys and all your friends as the future.
You must be ready to move forward with your goals and convictions intact. Mom and I thought the country was lost when a previous candidate prevailed back when we were in college. We are all still here and the pendulum swung to get President Obama. We love you, Dad
I am looking forward to praying together this weekend and coming together for Religious school and talking to friends and family as together we move on.