I am so honored to think that I can send someone into withdrawal pains...
It's been a hectic few days - the summer is shaping up to be a very busy time. A lot has been happening. I have family that visited from America - the first time they have come to Israel and last night we had them over for a barbecue. During the dinner, a kassem rocket was fired at Israel. It landed near Ofakim.
My mother got scared - my sister lives near Ofarim...
Ofakim, we explained to her - in the south, not Ofarim. A letter is enough to scare a mother for that split second it takes for the heart to race. My relatives came here as Obama supporters; I do not believe they left Israel the same way.
My uncle stood on the Golan Heights and saw Israel laid out below him. Insanity, it would be to withdraw from the Golan. They came to my house and I explained that I live in a thriving city - they could see our beautiful backyard with the passion fruits just about to ripen; with the lemon tree struggling to grow; with its beautiful balconies overlooking the desert.
There was nothing here - ever, I could have explained to my uncle. Never. Instead, I spoke of the almost 50,000 people who now live here; a city that has been here for more than 40 years. Arab aggression led to the 1967 was; Jordanian intransigence and a determination to fight with their "brothers" led them to lose the land on which Maale Adumim was built.
Beyond these deeper thoughts are several posts I keep meaning to make. Shmulik finished with the army this week, a week after Elie did his first Reserves Duty stint. It reminds me of the other side of this - the week Elie finished the army and Shmulik went in. I have so many thoughts as Shmulik finishes. His experiences were so different than Elie's and yet, he has changed in many ways, developed, matured.
So, Prophet Joe - I'm sorry I've been out of touch - all is fine; everyone is enjoying the summer and a bit of freedom...except me. I'm teaching three days a week and a client has pulled in the extra time; and another is looking for time I can't even find. I was hoping to take a vacation with the family - budget and time allowing.
Recipes...oh, I have so many I was thinking of posting. I'll try soon! Thanks, as always, for caring!