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My talk with the kid
Authored by: dbsmall onMonday, November 16 2015



I’m so proud of how well you did today, leading the congregation in prayer this morning. But more than that, I’m proud of the wonderful young man you’ve become.

When I asked if there was anything in particular you wanted me to say, today, your answer was simply, “No. Say whatever you want. Just DON’T MAKE PEOPLE CRY.”

This reflects how you’ve approached a lot of things, including your bar mitzvah preparations. You’re a caring person, looking out for friends and family. And you dismissed any concerns about the details.

From the time you were born, Mom and I have had lots of discussions about where you got certain traits (besides being caring).

And, more often than not, the answer is, Mom.

You are sensitive, funny, athletic, clever. Mom.

Sometimes, like when you’re pushed to practice your Torah verses, you can be stubborn and a wiseacre.

Because ultimately, you did study it. You did learn it.

And sometimes, you are so opinionated, curious, and INTENSE. I don’t know where you got that from.

Just a second…congregation>they're not crying. You're not crying. I'm not crying. NOBODY'S CRYING. I wish Bubbie and Grandpa could have seen you, and heard you, and admired you, today. They are the only people who might be as proud of you as I am.

And on second thought, I think I know where you got that intensity. That’s straight from your grandparents.

I’m very excited to have one more thing in common with you. I’m proud that, like me, you have become bar mitzvah. I love you, Coconut.

(And as long as I can still reach, I get to kiss you on the forehead...)


Edited on Monday, November 16 2015 by dbsmall