Smile? Really?

So, there are different ways of thinking about the sadness that accompanies aphasia, in the beginning, the middle, or the right-now. 

Here’s one, with apologies to the ever-wonderful Tony Bennett

And here’s the other, from Sholem Aleichem, with no apologies, but an explanation:

Sholem Aleichem

A Jew always laughs with a tear in his eye, what is called in Yiddish “men lakht mit yashtsherkes.” And even when there is deep grief, a smile should never be far away.     © 2009 Moment Magazine


And which one, do you think, is you?



About Shirley Morganstein

I am a life participation therapist for people with aphasia, exploring the relational and reflective process.
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One Response to Smile? Really?

  1. Dear Shirley,

    I had never heard the phrase, “lakhn mit yashterkes.”: Neither had Eileen. I looked it up and find that, literally, it means laughing with lizards; but it is used just as you suggested, laughing on the outside but crying on the inside.

    Thank you for this.

    Fondly, always,



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