I remember Grandpa Harry praying, “Thank G-d for not making me a woman”.

4 thoughts on “I remember Grandpa Harry praying, “Thank G-d for not making me a woman”.”

  1. Your writing gets better and better, Gayle! And the starting point was, of course, already excellent. I love the way you’re taking different aspects of your history, each of your “selves” one at a time, and showing us, your readers, what it was like for you. . .to be a Jew is Phoenix, to be a white girl, and this case to be born and raised female. You make me want to pick up the pen again.

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  2. Yay, thank you Anita for your encouraging and supportive words. This essay just burst out of me today after the articles I just happened to read today and the film trailer I saw. I had planned to re-arrange and re-organize a few bookshelves and do a little weeding in the front garden, but once I wrote the first sentence I was “gone” for the next 2-3 hours. Thank you for encouraging me to keep doing what I am loving doing and that which I find incredibly healing. I want to encourage you too. Yes! Pick up that pen. You are a wonderful writer and I’ll look forward to reading and contemplating what you write! ❤ xo, g

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  3. I love that photo of you jumping for joy before slipping into the straight jacket of society’s expectations. Thank you, dear Gayle, for taking the time to ponder our shared experiences. Oy and ever onward we go, to claim what is rightfully ours.

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    1. Yes! I wholeheartedly agree with your declaration of a little dismay and then determination. “Oy and ever onward we go, to claim what is rightfully ours”. And also love the image of the “straight jacket of society’s expectations”, not because I love it, but because it is SO apt. xo, g.

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