Being a Mama

Being a Mother
Demands the wisdom of Solomon
Patience of Hillel the Sage
And strength of Samson the Mighty

Being a Mother
Requires the wallet of Rockefeller
Innovation of Benjamin Franklin
And comedic timing of The Three Stooges

Being a Mother
Entails burning the midnight oil
Seeing the glass half full
And stopping to smell the roses

Being a Mother
Means crying or laughing at 4 a.m.
Sharing the shiniest part of your heart
Taking equal-parts blame and appreciation

Brightest and best of all
Being a Jewish Mother
Is looking back, forward, up
At our matriarch role models
Sara, Rivka, Rachel and Leah
Holding our often-weary hands
Every step of the winding way.

About the Author
Chana holds an M.S. in Special Education. Her innovative poems, essays and lectures reflect two and a half decades of experience working with students of all ages and abilities. Chana's writing has been published on, as well as in The Canadian Jewish News, The Jewish Press, and AMI. As a longtime volunteer with the Friendship Circle, Chana was recognised by the Ontario Legislature for “bringing a smile to the faces of children with special needs.” Although Chana 's "heart is in the east" she currently lives with her with her family in Toronto.
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