JediYeled says, as we begin our journey, “Ima, I’m scared! I’ve never taken a trip this long before? Am I going to be ready to go to camp on Sunday?”
“Yes, honey, if anything, you’ll bounce back faster than any of us.”
17 hours, two planes, a hotel in LA for five hours, and a sheirut from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, we are finally in our home for the next six weeks. (Don’t worry, the cat is being well cared for in California with our amazing house sitter, who, did we mention is allergic to cats?)
There is always a feeling of being at home when I come back to visit Israel. The view of the farmland from the air was spectacular! Tel Aviv is a sprawling city reaching to more suburbs, and the land is green and the air is fresh. The people are moving quickly, especially the sheirut driver who maneuvers the streets and alleys with ease – kids, don’t try this at home! People smile as you walk down the street and the man in the fruit stand is more than happy to get you an even bigger and sweeter watermelon from the back.
But the day is made perfect for being in Yerusalayim shel zahav, this city of gold, with the most beautiful sunset right outside our mirpeset.
DovLev, GeekAba and I can’t wait to share it all with JediYeled for his first experience as we welcome him to the land called Yisrael.
We were outside this morning getting ready for camp when JediYeled saw the trash truck approaching. “Ima, we need to give him milk and cookies!” JediYeled remembered a story we used to read when he was a toddler and all of a sudden realized that he had to get the trash man some milk and cookies! While it’s hard to drive and eat milk and cookies, JediYeled ran inside and found a cookie bar. He ran out as the trash truck approached our house and called out to him. The trash man was so thrilled that JediYeled ran to give him this treat and JediYeled was smiling from ear to ear!
You never know how a children’s story will be remembered years later.
I have a whole new appreciation for my husband and all that he does. It’s not that I didn’t before, but there is a great lesson in Sabbatical – I get to spend time on his schedule!
As soon as Sabbatical began I was ready to jump into my to-do list. We had two and a half weeks before leaving for Israel so I thought, ‘great, while the kids are in school, I can run around taking care of errands, cook the family fabulous dinners, and be able to drop off and pick up the kids every day. Oh yes, and I was going to be able to keep the house clean!’
Ah, delusions of grandeur! First off, the last two weeks of school are filled with class parties, softball games against the teachers and other classes, as well as promotion and Girl Scout outings. And of course, not usually being available for any of these activities during the year, I wanted to do them all.
At the end of the day, dinner was thrown on the table from what was in the freezer or left over from the night before (or if Matsui hit a homerun the day before, Salmon lovers sushi), the house was not as clean as I was hoping and I fell into bed each night exhausted! How does he do it?
I always knew that my husband is amazing, but after these last two weeks, I can truly say, he is that much more amazing! I fall in love with him more and more.
Thank you Matt for all you do, not only for me, but our kids and every life you touch. I love you!