Monday, November 19, 2012
Nachas in the Bank
It was my husband Joel's birthday last week. I bought him a new coat which he sorely needed, but the poor guy has been under a lot of stress lately, and I felt that a more light-hearted gift was in order.
Our younger son Jesse is a music major at college, and had two end of semester performances scheduled on Friday. I decided to buy my husband a plane ticket to see him.
There is no medicine that cures what ails you like watching your child shine. I remember Little League games when my son hit a home run and the other parents would congratulate me, as if I had anything at all to do with the bat in his hands. It was awhile before I understood that I received their good wishes for being the lucky beneficiary of so much pleasure.
Buying Joel a plane ticket to watch Jesse perform as the lead singer of a 15-piece swing band was the foolproof birthday gift. My husband coined the ideal term to describe it: Nachas in the Bank.
Nachas is the Yiddish word which most closely translates to pride, and is usually used when talking about the accomplishments of children. But unlike pride, which is sometimes tinged by its cousin conceit, nachas is pure. Nachas is pride plus love, in equal measures. Nachas is this. (Click to watch video. Enjoy!)