Why don‘t the Jews value education? Why is it that all the other children have started pre-school, and I am left agonizing through another long week of unscheduled, “quality” time with my children? Do you know how many holidays there are from September through November alone? Well let me tell you. Not only are there 4 Jewish holidays that fall between September and November, but every holiday requires at least 2 days off… each! And just to add salt to the wound there are 3 days off for Teacher Conferences! In your own time, people! My kid is trying to get an education, and I’m trying to enjoy a few hours of silence. Not that I’m counting, but that makes a total of 12 days off out of a possible 60. 20% of the first quarter of school-blacked out! I just spent the entirety of August entertaining a pre-schooler and a toddler. Must you torture me, so?
Why don’t Americans value education? Wouldn’t Martin Luther King want kids in school learning about his dream? 3 days off for Presidents Day? According to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, Washington’s Birthday fell on one day. I guess I should be pointing the finger at state and local governments who have decided to rename the holiday, deny our first President’s birthday and to allow 3 days off of school. Wouldn’t our forefathers have wanted our children to be in school, as well? Aren’t we insulting the likes of Abraham Lincoln who had to walk to school in the snow without anything close to Uggs on his feet? Mother’s Day is not a federal holiday. Father’s Day is not a federal holiday. Where’s the justice in that? But I won’t be fighting for additional week days off for those. We need a break!
Educators, pious Jews, friends without children, I don’t want to hear it. Of course I know WHY our Jewish pre-school is closed for the Jewish holidays, but I don’t have to be happy about it. So I don’t need you telling me to go find another pre-school or better-than-thou Jews telling me to pray during each and every day off. And I don’t need friends without kids telling me how lucky I am to have my children. I certainly don’t need you Martha Stewarts of Motherhood telling me about all the wonderful activities I could be doing with my kids during those days off to nurture the bonds between us whilst developing their little minds. To all of you even thinking any of these things, I’m making a gesture, and I’m allowing you to imagine which gesture it might be. I’m sure your creative, little minds can conjure an image that is far more effective than if I were to describe one of my own.
I’m at home full-time. That’s my choice. I wouldn’t have it any other way. Having said that, after a month of day-in, day-out with the littles, I am ready to go back to work-just to get some time away from them. Am I a bad mother? It’s during moments like these when I have to take a deep breath and ask myself, “What would Britney do?” Then I feel a lot better.