You know about Jewish mothers. You’ve read about helicopter parents. Now meet Kate Siegel’s mom, who is a combination of the two taken to the extreme.
Just call her “Crazy Jewish Mom.” After all, that is what her daughter Kate calls her. More precisely, “Crazy Jewish Mom” is the title of the social media accounts (Instagram, Facebook and Twitter) to which Siegel has been posting since last November her neurotic mother’s incessant text messages full of unsolicited advice.
With 203,000 followers on the Instagram account alone, it’s evident that people enjoy a mother’s interfering in a grown daughter’s life — just so long as it’s not their mother and their life.
Siegel’s mother’s major concern is that her 26-year-old daughter and only child (whom she lovingly refers to as “Spawn”) is still not married and a mother herself. She takes every opportunity to remind her that her biological clock is ticking.
She nudges Kate, who lives in Brooklyn, to watch her figure and work out at the gym regularly (“Remember, men never leave u for someone fatter”).
When the weather service recently forecast a major snowstorm, she ordered her daughter to get to the gym before it closed (and would remain so the next day). How did Kate’s mom know it wouldn’t be open? She called, of course.
This was only after she decided that Kate did not in fact have to flee New York for New Jersey ahead of the storm — not long before, Kate’s mom had sent her this hysterical message:
Snowmageddon '14. #crazyjewishmom #juno #looting?
In other messages, Kate’s mother warns her that her boyfriend (aka “Superjew”) may not be ready to commit. “As far as I’m concerned, Superjew’s days are numbered. NO RING ON THE FINGER YOU MUST NOT LINGER,” she texted her daughter.
Warnings don’t suffice for Crazy Jewish Mom. She takes action. She signs Kate up for JDate, and posing as her daughter, starts flirting with a nice Jewish lawyer who graduated from Cornell (ok, it’s not Harvard, but still…).
Mr. Cornell's been catfished! #crazyjewishmom #catfish
According to Kate, her mother (whose name she prefers to keep private) has been overly involved in her life as long as she can remember.
“Since birth,” Kate writes to The Times of Israel in an email.
Some adult daughters striking out on their own might resent their mothers’ following them across the country, but Kate is fine with her mom’s having moved to New Jersey when she relocated to New York from Los Angeles.
In fact, Kate has no major complaints about her mother’s parenting style and even sees her mom as a role model.
“I know it all comes from a place of love, so it really doesn’t bother me. I find the neuroses more amusing than anything else. She’s a great, devoted mother, so I hope to be as good to my children as she has been to me. That said, a little less neurotic,” she writes.
There’s a whiff of professional comedy writing, or perhaps performance art to Kate’s mom’s text messages. Dismissing the suggestion that perhaps Kate (an associate producer at the Condé Nast mass media company according to her personal Facebook page) is herself writing the texts, she insists that her Jewish mother is the real deal.
“She’s absolutely hilarious and outrageous. She’s a very sharp, witty lady…I’m afraid it’s all mamma Siegel,” she writes.
It’s a good thing that Kate loves her mother and doesn’t take her critical comments too seriously. Although Kate can laugh at them, there are nonetheless some — like this birthday greeting — that make us want to cry…or scream.