Identity Crisis

by Rebecca Einstein Schorr on 12 October 2012 @ 2:49 pm

The theme in Kindergarten this week is family.
So the teacher asked all of the children to say what their mothers do.

Jacob reported that his mother works at home.
And when he told me this I thought, “hooray. My kids see my writing as legitimate work.”

Except he then clarified for his class.
“She cleans.”

So instead of thinking that I’m a rabbi or a writer, twenty-five kindergartners think that I am a cleaning lady.

And if that wasn’t enough to chip away at my flagging sense of self-worth, Benjamin expressed his concern that my presentation at his school next week (at his teacher’s request to teach a unit on Judaism during the Middle Ages) will be boring and thereby cause him great embarrassment.


{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Irene 12 October 2012 @ 4:15 pm at 4:15 pm

Ha! I remember when Dan was in kindergarten and they were “writing a story” for Mother’s Day. The question was “What does your mother do all day?” His answer? “Floors.”
As far as Ben worries about embarrassment in middle school….. You do realize that by the very fact you exist, you embarrass him? In fact, that is your job!
Shabbat Shalom to all the Schorr household.


2 deborah 12 October 2012 @ 8:02 pm at 8:02 pm

Oh… Well, I know its not the same, but I very much love seeing your supportive comments to the writers at kveller. And every time I see one of your comments, I think “you are such an awesome, caring rabbi”. Your kids will see that too one day…


3 Laurie 12 October 2012 @ 8:58 pm at 8:58 pm

Yes, I am biased, so I know for SURE your talk on Judaism in the Middle Ages will be far from boring. You will redeem yourself:)


4 Sarah Bridgeton 14 October 2012 @ 9:51 am at 9:51 am

You’re a great writer. I have enjoyed this blog since I found it. Just wait. My ten-year old has banned me from her school.


5 Amitzah 17 October 2012 @ 6:11 pm at 6:11 pm

Tell Ben I’m jealous, I would love to learn more about Judaism in the Middle Ages. I’ll trade with him anytime, but I think he might get bored sitting in front of a computer all day and NOT being allowed to play his awesome penguin game.

Such is life, though.

As for Jacob, he’s still a little guy. You have so many hats it can get kind of confusing. He’ll pick it up in time for 2nd or 3rd grade “Volunteer Your Mom to Speak to Your Class” day (Or at least, that’s how it worked in our house). 🙂


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