The Controversial Fridge Magnet
“Yuck! Eema, what IS THAT?”
Earlier this week, my teenage daughter noticed the 5-shekel magnet I bought at the corner store. It made me smile. And I thought I could write something about it for JewishMOM.com, so I brought it home and put it smack-dab in the middle of our fridge among Tsoofy’s masterpieces and random magnets advertising mehadrin sushi, fancy fruit gift platters, and a highly-recommended dryer repairman.
But my daughter didn’t like it, at all!
“What? Like all a woman does is CLEAN! And do LAUNDRY! And COOK! That is SO insulting!”
But I feel differently about this magnet. And here’s why.
Mothers can do many things which people consider impressive. We can be doctors or lawyers or accountants. We can be teachers or rebbetzins or community dynamos. An elite few will even grow up to be bloggers;)
But yanno what?
The truth is…does your family have clean clothing to wear? Food to eat? A house to live in, where every Friday night you can see the floor for a few hours?
Then you should know, that is huge. Your primary purpose in the world is to be the akeret habayit–the essence of your own Jewish home. And I, for one, appreciate your hard work for your family very much!
And, IMHO, Hashem does too.