A man and a woman both 82-years-young. Wednesday morning was
always a tradition for them. They arise from their very old bed in their very
old Exeter cottage that used to be full of life, laughter, craziness and love. A
family of five comprised of them, two boys and one girl. Now scattered across
the world. Distracted by their own hectic lives but still manage to call every
week and visit for holidays.
This couple, call them Mary and James Waterstones, had their
first date at a bookstore coffee shop. A gloomy day, like today, 64 years ago. It
wasn’t like any other first date, though.
This one was different. Conversation flowed like the River
Exe. Eyes locked like keys on Paris’ Passerelle des Arts. Laughs filled the air
loud as Big Ben’s hourly roar. The potential of love turned their faces red and
Continue reading Pictures Worth A Thousand Words – Waterstones
On my trip to the south, we visited a kibbutz called Ein Hashlosha which is about a mile and a half from the Gaza border. This community experiences rockets weekly, but this is an improvement. At one point, I learned, they were being attacked up to six times a day. Like the playground discussed in my last post, safe houses are within a 15-second sprint from any point where one might be standing on this kibbutz.
In May, before the school day began, the sirens went off and everyone sought shelter. The rocket happened to hit directly next to the elementary school in the community. Everyone was safe, but that might’ve not been the case had it been shot 10 minutes later when school was supposed to start.
Our tour guide told us he has four young kids. When asked what he tells his kids who have to grow up in this reality, he said he’s realistic yet hopeful with them. He tells them there is no reason to live in complete fear or stop living your life, or else Hamas – explained in my Gymboree post – wins. He also tells them that he hopes there will come a time when their days and nights won’t be interrupted by sirens and screams. Continue reading Smile Through the Fear – A Trip to the South of Israel
I’m currently sitting in the garden in Chicago’s Millenium Park. I’m feeling serine and relaxed for the first time in a few weeks. Have you ever just sat somewhere and felt like you were the only human on planet earth? That might be a bit of a stretch but that is how I am feeling right now.
Things happen every single day that can alter the entirety of your life. Big or small, we all have our issues and our quarks that worry us on a daily basis. I am sitting here right now, in this garden, putting my worries in perspective.
Continue reading Thoughts In Chicagooooooooo, Chicago