is an old German Jewish saying that
a child promised his mother: "Liebe
Mama glaub es mir, wenn ich gross bin helf ich dir.
Dann kannst du im Sessel ruhen und ich wer die Arbeit tun." (Dear
Mom, believe me when I grow up I will help you.
Then you can rest in the easy chair because I will do the work that is
needed.) This is a very comforting promise that the uninitiated person believed
and looked forward to with comfort.
Jewish American parent looks forward for the “wonderful” Jewish child that
she will produce. It will be
beautiful, brilliant, and loving. It
will adore his/her parent and will do all the suggestions that the Mom or Dad
make. They know all the answers and
will feel convinced that the parent is “perfect.”
The child as he grows will do what Mama or Papa suggest.
begins at age two when the little darling has his/her mind and screams and
opposes what is suggested. As he
enters school and grows to a teenager, he wants to wear the same clothes as
other classmates. He wants to
imitate the guy or girl that stands out, either for good or bad.
Perhaps he (the he or she is
used for both genders) wants to go without socks or wear a piece of clothing
that is “different” – perhaps torn at one of the legs, or for a girl, a
blouse that exhibits her growing bosom or other parts of the human body, with
interesting garments. She might dye
her black hair half blond or red to attract attention.
What Mama wants no longer counts.
She has a mind of her own and desires to “look” sexy or unique. Boys
like to exhibit their muscles and wear shirts or other devices to call attention
teenage male and females frequently want to imitate their classmates in order to
fit into the group in which they live or admire.
Frequently those that are rejected will find garments that call attention
to themselves, or hair that is very different from their peers, either in color,
haircuts, or otherwise.
of attempting to please their parents, they ignore
what the parents have taught them or want. They
have forgotten the promise to help. As
teens, they attempt to fit into their peers' opinions or looks.
Obeying their parents is infantile and they want to show that they are no
longer “infants.” What parents
say or want means nothing to them; it is “old fashioned” and repugnant.
they become older, they follow their “needs” as they see it. Helping
parents is out of the question. If
they do have some chores at home, they want to be paid.
The angry offspring insists that he did not ask to be born.
Often the Jewish child will marry out of his religion and becomes very
hostile when his adoring mom or dad do not open their arms to a “goy”
(gentile). They will accuse their
suffering parent of being prejudiced, old fashioned, and overbearing.
Unfortunately they have no feeling that they hurt
their parents and their responsibility as Jews. They believe that if
their family cannot accept their deed, the parents are not worthy of their
“wonderful” wife. They
frequently choose a wife who is of the Asian race. They are “right” and the
parents do not deserve to be “parents,” nor will they accept any
responsibility toward their parents who raised, supported, and loved them. They
take no responsibility for their actions.
the beleaguered, sad, disappointed parents of the character disordered adult son
or daughter, remember you did not created the problem that hurts you so much.
As the victim, please do not hold yourself responsible for the
narcissistic individual thus described. He
will not help you or behave as the
Jewish being to whom you gave your
caring, adoration, and love.