Sometimes you just need to start a new year off right

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Dylan O'Brien appears in a scene from "The Maze Runner." (AP Photo/20th Century Fox, Ben Rothstein)

Yesterday was the beginning of the Jewish new year and the holiday of Rosh Hashanah. Every year we debate as a family whether the kids can miss a day of school. Most year’s the answer is yes. It’s important to be together, to go to temple and to have a day of reflection. (Sort of like your day to make your New Year’s resolutions on Jan. 1).

Dylan O'Brien appears in a scene from "The Maze Runner." (AP Photo/20th Century Fox, Ben Rothstein)

Dylan O’Brien appears in a scene from “The Maze Runner.” (AP Photo/20th Century Fox, Ben Rothstein)

Yesterday, both kids were out of school for the holiday. We went to family services and then went to the movies. Maybe that sounds unholy, but sitting in the theater on a school day, eating chips and queso and watching “The Maze Runner,” was exactly what we needed as a family to start the year off right. I could just be Fun Mom; not Nurse Mom who makes me take all my meds; not Homework Mom who nags me to get my work done; not Hygiene Mom who makes me wash my hands after I go to the bathroom or insists I take a shower.

Fun Mom is who we would love to be all the time, right? Yet, as a wise woman once told me, “If you’re not saying ‘No,’ 90 percent of the time, you’re not really doing your job as mom.”

So, if Rosh Hashanah is the one day a year where we all play hookey and enjoy one another, let it be so. Wishing all my Jewish friends a sweet new year, and for the rest of you, may you have a holiday as sweet as Rosh Hashanah was this year for us.


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