Phase 2 has begun. Chaim went into the army yesterday morning - into Nachal Haredi unit. I'd thought about driving him but realized I had a national conference of 200+ people I was organizing and, in truth, sometimes that last bit they need to do alone. I came home exhausted last night, barely able to move. We put things away...and I went to bed.
This morning Chaim called with a wonderful, "What room am I staying in?" - his way of telling me he was coming for Shabbat..."I might even wear my uniform." (I'm such a sucker for this stuff.)
Later in the day, Shmulik was on the phone with a friend and they were talking about plans for Saturday night. During the conversation, Shmulik told his friend that "My brother, Chaim" will be here.
I smiled for quite a while over this one! It is nice to see that Chaim is a part of our family - from my perspective, but also from his own and from my other children.