Summary: For Mother’s Day 2011, I had an ideal of how everything would play out. Simon and I would make a bright yellow duckling costume with yellow wings. Simon had other ideas and taught me a lot about motherhood as a result. I wrote about the experience in an essay for Kveller.com, a New York-based parenting website.
All it took was some pocket change. In a brief moment, our rabbi connected to our 2-year-old this past Shabbat. Our toddler had no idea that tzedekah meant charity. But he loved it when our rabbi pulled out a handful of change from his pocket, and let Simon pick out coins and stick them into a tiny slit in the box. One by one.