‘What's the difference between a Jewish Mother and a Rottweiler? …Eventually the Rottweiler lets go!’
People have been making jokes about Jewish Mothers for as long as the world has been circling the sun. Yet for all our joking around, you’d be lucky to have a Jewish Mother in your life, whether you’re Jewish or not. Yes, the Honoury Jewish Mother is a thing.
The stereotypical Jewish Mother can be pushy, over protective and over bearing and can guilt you into doing things but all for your own good, of course. She will wonder why you don’t pick up the phone to tell her you got home safely, even when you’re in your forties and she will feed you incessantly even when you are not hungry. You know that fressing is the answer to all Jewish people’s problems.
The reality is however that the Yiddish word Balabusta sums up our Jewish Mother perfectly. The Queen of the Household, Hostess with the mostess and entertainer extraordinaire. She does all of this whilst nurturing a loving and spiritual relationship with her family and friends. You really couldn’t ask for anyone more special in your life.
A Jewish Mother will keep her finger in the back of everyone around her and push them to reach their full potential and at the same time cook up a feast of delightful food to keep them nourished and in good health. Who is the first person to make you Chicken soup when you’re feeling under the weather? Enough said.
SO, ON YOUR JEWISH MOTHERS BIRTHDAY THIS YEAR, HERE'S 3 THINGS YOU SHOULD NEVER FORGET!
1. IGNORE YOUR JEWISH MOTHER
If your Jewish mother tells you not to get her anything for her birthday… IGNORE HER. It’s a test. Jewish Mothers are often sensitive creatures underneath their full-on personality and although they might come across as selfless and tough, they, like everyone else need to feel loved and appreciated. It makes all their years of hard work and sacrifice seem worthwhile, apparently!
2. SPLASH THE CASH
A Jewish Mother will generally have great taste. She will see right through you if you pick her up a bunch of Carnations from the garage on the way over for dinner. Don’t kid yourself into believing that it’s the thought that counts. Show your Mother just how much she means to you by splashing the cash and treating her to a little luxury that she might not normally indulge herself in.
Whilst you’re browsing online or in the shops, you should recall just how many times your Mum has made sacrifices for you. Think of the missed nail appointment when she came to pick you up from school because it was raining, and she didn’t want you to get wet, believe me, having someone in your life who’s got your back is worth spending that little extra for.
3. BE SENTIMENTAL EVEN IF IT KILLS YOU
Buying a gift is a great start but you need to back it up with some sentiment. If you cannot bring yourself to say anything even slightly mushy then try writing it down inside a card. If you have thoughts of your Jewish Mother nagging you in your head put them to one side just for a moment. Life is so short, so let your mum schlep some naches by reading your lovely sentimental words to all those who will listen.
Bella Jacob gift ideas for this a Jewish Mother’s Birthday
100% Natural Unbleached Linen Boudoir Cushion £39.95
100% Cotton Natural Half Panama Jewish Tea Towel £9.50
100% Cotton Jewish Cooks Favourite Tea Towels £9.50 each