My mother's evening bag....... by Phyllis Zelcer
I cleared some stuff out of a bottom drawer to make room for some scarves. There, under a pile of stuff, was mommy's white beaded evening bag!
I opened it. Her aroma hit me in the face. Inside were kleenex...and astonished, I could clearly see a few bright red, clear impressions of her mouth!
At 79, I seldom cry. But tears and memories flowed freely.
Who Should I send the bag to? Three of my children named their first-born after their beloved bubby: Esther RAZEL, Sarah ROSE, and SHOSHANA.
Why did my kids love their Fun Bubby So much? She was permisiveness incarnate. Staying overnight at her place, they had chocolate donuts for breakfast.
When my Miriam was born I had 4 children under 6 years of age. My mother announce that I needed a break one day a week.
Every Monday, she hopped on 2 streetcars, and opened the front door with, "Give a cheer, Bubby's here!"
By the time i got home, my house was cleaned, dinner was on the stove, and the kids were full of stories about their day with Bubby and our dog 'Fritsky' at the park.9 Oh, and she also phoned her friends to join her that night for cards at ther apartment.)
I remember thanking her and asking how I could pay her back. she said, "You'll do it for your kids."
And that is how the tradition of Bubby's Day was born in our family. I gave a Bubby's Day to my daughter-in-law Jenny, and later, to my daughter Lori. When my husband Joel retired, he joined me for many memorable years of Bubby-Zaydie Days. As they grew older, we picked the kids up after school, took them swimming, out to eat, and back to our place for an overnight. ' Zayd' helped with their homework while 'Bub' organized the snacks for our movie. Next morning Zayd got them up ,and supervised while they did their morning ablutions. After they ate cereal (nope, no donuts), he drove them to school. (I hate to admit it, but I slept in).
In Israel, Bubby's Day lives on as a testimonial to my mother's abundant, overflowing good-hearted energy. Jenny gives a once-a-week Bubby's Day to her daughter-in-law. Facebook pictures of Bubby Jenny, laughing her way down a slide with three delighted grandchildren were posted this week by our son, Zaydie Randy.