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Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review July 1, 2011 / 29 Sivan, 5771

She's got the moves

By Lori Borgman

Lori Borgman


http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Each time after helping one of the kids move, I wipe imaginary sweat from my brow, exhale deeply and announce that I am never again helping another one of them move.

"I am not helping with another move," I say in a weak voice as though I am about to faint.

"My legs are wobbly," I add for effect, hoping someone might offer me a chair.

"My moving days are over," I sigh, thinking someone will at least get me a bottled water.

Nothing. No chair, no water, no sympathy. I'm just one of the crew.

The kids treat me like I'm 20. It's been more than 30 years since I was 20. You do the math. I believe it is time that I am promoted to supervisory personnel.

Like half of Hollywood, I can honestly say, "I've always wanted to direct."

The last time I announced I was never again helping move was after I helped our youngest and two of her girlfriends move an 84-inch sofa to a third-floor apartment. We cut a corner tight on a landing and wound up squishing her friend Katie's face between the sofa and the wall.

Naturally, I would be the one to notify Katie's parents. "I think you'll still recognize her, she just looks a tad like a Dickens character, a bit elongated if you will -- as though she has tasted a really bad bowl of gruel."

Katie's face was so wedged so tight it was narrowing by the second. Unfortunately, the rest of us were laughing too hard to be of much help.

We finally got the sofa around the corner, Katie was freed and her faced returned to its normal state of pretty.

Once again I announced I was finished with heavy lifting.

And I was finished. Until last week. The youngest moved again, from one third-floor apartment to another third-floor apartment. No elevators. I was the only one available mid-afternoon to help get a new table and chairs, still in boxes and unassembled, from the back of a borrowed truck before it began to rain.

Did you know that you cannot roll a square table? You did, didn't you?

We should have known it, too. But the table was heavy and the rain was coming. We slid it from the truck bed and rolled it — gently — end over end. There was no way we could get it in the building, let alone haul it up to the third floor.

Someone may have raised her voice about someone else being too cheap to pay a delivery fee. I don't remember who, but it might have been me. In any case, a young man mowing the grounds hopped off his riding mower and asked if he could help.

He told us to stand back, picked up the 115-pound table-in-a-box up and trotted up three flights of stairs like he was toting a loaf of bread and gallon of milk.

I wish I had gotten his number. I'd like him to sub for me the next time one of the kids move.

I think he was 20.


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