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This is my first foray into the world of book reviews.
I found the title and the idea of reading a book originally written in Hebrew quite intriguing.
Mommy, Smile! by Smadar Shir tells the fictional story of a young Israeli family, Eran and Mia, and their marriage struggles along with balancing their roles as parents of their 3ish kids and what that looks like in light of their own emotional baggage. Memories and the mystery of the mind can be so murky. Events we think are buried and far from us are triggered by small things like scent as easily as a fully body jolt as you see on a cartoon. This quote relates the centrality of this thought to the storyline: "Breathe the memories back in, I instruct myself. Don’t try to erase them. You won’t succeed, and failing will only make things worse. Memories are like labor pains. There’s no point in resisting them. Better to go with the flow—cooperate." Doing so, in my experience, is never pain-free.
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