My mother died in 2017
“Let your beard grow for 30 days. And quietly remind yourself That you are a son in mourning for your mother."
And my friend Marc told me about “Shloshim.”
He had not known the practice when his parents died
But afterward, he wished he had
“Let your beard grow for 30 days.
That you are a son in mourning for your mother
When the day arrives to shave it off
You are ready to move on.”
To remove it called for ceremony
I found an app
All-Klezmer-music, all the time
With a French-speaking commentator to introduce the songs
As Radio Yiddish played
Beatrice Borman Fink
Dale Borman Fink retired in 2020 from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, MA, where he taught courses related to research methods, early childhood education, special education, and children’s literature. Prior to that he was involved in childcare, after-school care, and support for the families of children with disabilities. Among his books are Making a Place for Kids with Disabilities (2000) Control the Climate, Not the Children: Discipline in School Age Care (1995), and a children’s book, Mr. Silver and Mrs. Gold (1980). In 2018, he edited a volume of his father's recollections, called SHOPKEEPER'S SON.