A Report Card for Mothers
This week, an Israeli teacher decided that every child in her class would give a report card to his or her mother.
And one horrified mother posted the so-so report card her child gave her.
I’ve posted the report card below, and here’s the translation:
Name of Parent:_________________
Unconditional Love: Always
A Source of Inspiration: Sometimes
Spoils me: Sometimes
Positive Personal Role Model: Always
Infinite Giving: Needs Improvement
Believes in me: Always
And here’s why I think the idea of writing a report card for mothers is absolutely horrific…
Yesterday I injured my right index finger, which means that there’s some things I can’t do for the next while.
So this morning, before she left for school, I asked my 11-year-old daughter, Moriah, to tie my running shoes for me.
And as she tied them, I felt such gratitude to her. This was something I couldn’t do, and she did it for me. If not for her help, how would I even have gone outside today?
And this reminded me of all the thousands of times I have put shoes on my children. And dressed them and changed their diapers and fed them and took them back and forth to gan and took them to doctors appointments in addition to the myriad of other things I have done and continue to do to take care of them.
I also gave birth my children. Hashem, my husband, and I gave them LIFE. If not for me, they would not even BE HERE.
Every mother, myself included, has faults and weaknesses and things that need improvement, but in almost all cases a mother’s weaknesses are a drop in the ocean compared to the giving and caring and nurturing we do for our children.
Maybe that’s why Hashem made honoring one’s parents one of the 10 commandments.
And that’s also why I think that instead of a report card this teacher should have had each child prepare a thank-you card with a big red heart instead.*
*A commenter on facebook made a good point– she noticed that the original report card has all stars in the “always” column. The teacher, it seems, meant for this to be a report card with all As! But individual children gave other grades instead. I don’t know if it was just this one child or the whole class or whether the teacher told them to choose their own grades…But it seems like a good possibility that this wasn’t the teacher’s intention– which is a relief!