A Mother’s Days are Long, but….
Last Thursday, I went to pick up 4-year-old Yaakov at gan, and I was surprised to find all the little boys waiting in the gan next door. Turned out the municipality was renovating the ceiling of their gan. I wondered why for approximately a nano-second, but then promptly forgot about it.
And then yesterday, I found out from another mother that the municipality had renovated the gan’s ceiling at the cost of thousands of shekels to accomodate a single boy in Yaakov’s gan who is hearing impaired. When I asked her about it this morning, Yaakov’s teacher told me that Israel’s “Law of Accessibility” required this kind of renovation to accomodate children with special needs. And I remembered how my daughter’s school is building an elevator to accomodate a single severely disabled student.
For one child. The value of a single child. Unbelievable.
Today, walking with Yaakov to gan, I noticed his bouncy blonde peyos, the traces of a milk mustache (which I wiped off with a licked finger), his Mickey-Mouse rainboots that he has refused to take off since we bought them, despite the blue skies and the 92 degree heat.
And I thought–one child. The value of a single child.
We were walking at a relaxed “Eema is wearing sandals and not running shoes” pace to gan, but still Yaakov said, “Eema, could you please walk more slowly?”
Funny, he never asked to do that before. But I did. Strolling ever so slowly, with Yaakov’s hand in mine, he pointed up at the cedar trees in the middle of the boulevard. “That one is about to fall…that one is the highest of all!”
And I remembered Gretchen Rubin’s deeply moving video “The Days are Long, the Years are Short.”
I’ve posted this before, but I think that, just like there are certain important things that we do once a year– like file taxes and go for a checkup at the doctor, watching this video should also be on that once-per-year list for every mom. For me, it’s definitely transformed the thousands of walks to gan I’ve taken since I first watched it.
Please note: this video might not be suitable for sensitive male viewers.