Chutzpah:Being a parent

Chutzpah. This is a word that is used often by myself because sometimes I just can’t believe what people do. I mean really! I thought it would be fun to share our Chutzpah moments. The only rules are no names of stores, people, or events. You may also not use inappropriate language. Leave a comment listing your favorite Chutzpah moment! I mean laughter is the best medicine.

chutzpah Or khutspe. Nerve, extreme arrogance, brazen presumption. In English, chutzpah often connotes courage or confidence, but among Yiddish speakers, it is not a compliment. For more Yiddish WordsChut

On to the English version this week. I went to the doctors yesterday with my three kids for their check-ups and while in the hospital I noticed a plaque for a donation made in honor of. The gift was in honor of a little girl who based on the time line was alive for a couple of months. It made me catch my breathe and on the way home I cried. I spent a month on bedrest in the hospital with our son. I can’t imagine the pain of leaving without a child. I know how difficult it is to carry a child and wonder if they are going to make it.  I am remind of the joy I felt when he was released from the NICU and the intense sadness I felt when he was taken from my bedside moments after he was born. It was the most out of control experience I have ever had. I worked and worked the whole time I was on bed rest just to keep my mind off why I was there.

    I think the ultimate expression of Chutzpah is being a parent to a child who isn’t healthy. I just wanted to send a hug to all those parents out there who embrace each day. Those who live with courage in the face adversity. The parents who have to deal with more than the occasional tantrum, lie, or dirty room. The parents who truly understand how precious each week, day, hour, minute, and second we have with our children. Those parents who measure their happiness one breathe at a time.

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