Ina is everyone’s favorite mother other than their own, earning the distinction by being sweet and welcoming and inclusive to the nth degree. You can tell her anything, she won’t be shocked, and she’ll help out as best she can. Many of Ilise’s friends from grade school to college right on through to the present day consider Ina to be a dear, close girlfriend and she loves them right back.
With me, Ina has always been more than warm and welcoming – insisting, in fact, that I make myself at home in this wonderfully chaotic Goldberg-Lev-Cantor-Buchbinder clan that I’ve been lucky to become part of when I fell in love and made my life with Ilise. My own family has always been an ‘absence makes the heart grow fonder’ bunch. It’s taken me some time (read: 25 years and counting) to become accustomed to the exuberance with which these lovely people gain energy and purpose from spending time with each other. Aw, who am I kidding, there’s no ‘getting used to’, the family get-togethers are still meshuga even after all these years!
And so, Ina, in honor of National Mother-In-Law Day and because you deserve to hear it every day, “Thank You and I Love You” for always being supportive and kind to your moody, not quite ready for family life daughter-in-law. You’re the best.
Ina, you go girl!