By Anessa V. Cohen

For today, I put aside my regular thoughts on real-estate issues and share with you a unique pre- and post-Yom Kippur experience. I was minding my own business, shopping and preparing for Yom Kippur–what to serve pre-fast and what to prepare for the break-the-fast meal. I had planned to get myself all set by Monday so I would be free to work and do whatever I needed on Tuesday before Yom Kippur.

So much for planning! My very pregnant daughter Danit called me midday and said, “Ma, I have to go to the doctor.” I figured, “Okay, I will drop her at the doctor and then continue to do whatever I need to do.” I had plenty of cushion time.

I dropped her at the doctor, heading home now in the late afternoon, only to receive a call from my daughter that the doctor decided to send her to the hospital to have the baby. Rather than the errands I had thought to do, I am now on the clock to pick up her boys from the school bus, take them to eat, and tell them that their mother is having the baby early.

Never a dull moment in my house! I said to myself, “No problem! I can handle this. Of course I will be Supermom, as soon as I change my real-estate broker hat.” I took the boys to eat, stopped off to do the rest of my errands, and shot home, boys in tow, to finish whatever real-estate business I left on my desk earlier in the afternoon when I stopped everything to take my daughter to the doctor. I gave the boys some toys to keep them busy and waited to hear news.

Of course, when you are waiting for news, it is slow in coming. Finally, way into the night, my daughter gave birth to a beautiful baby boy and we got all excited and asked, “How do you feel?” and “What does the baby weigh?” She felt wonderful, but they had not weighed the baby yet, so we had to wait till the morning.

Morning came and she was taken to a beautiful room in a new maternity wing in North Shore Hospital–private room (all maternity patients now get private rooms over there), beautiful wood cabinets, built-in refrigerator, flat-screen TV mounted on the wall, and a sofa, wing chairs, table, and chairs for any guests that might come to visit. Gorgeous bathroom, the size of two bathrooms, in-wall safe, loose-leaf notebook with a variety of kosher menus and different options only a phone call away, carpeted hallway–why on earth would she want to come home after this? This is the kind of room everyone fights for when they go on vacation!

I was unable to see this beautiful room until the night after Yom Kippur, since there was no time to go and see her and the baby beforehand. I ran out of shul after shofar, ran home, gobbled a glass of juice and a bagel, and jumped in the car to go see my daughter and my new grandson!

I got there and Danit said, “Ma, they are sending me home tomorrow.” It was already 9:30 p.m. I asked, “What’s your hurry? Stay another few days and catch up with yourself.” She said, “Look at this menu (showing me the loose leaf).” It said, “Please allow up to 45 minutes for any of your meal or snack selections.”

“I should have had you order for me while I was on the way here to be with you! We would have broken our fast together!” v

Anessa Cohen lives in Cedarhurst and is a licensed real-estate broker and a licensed N.Y.S. mortgage broker with over 20 years of experience, offering full-service residential and commercial real-estate services (Anessa V Cohen Realty) and mortgaging services (First Meridian Mortgage) in the Five Towns and throughout the tri-state area. She can be reached at 516-569-5007 or via her website, Readers are encouraged to send questions or comments to

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