It is a good day today!
And surprise, surprise – a second post!
But then today is a very spesial day – it is exactly a year since we came to Eretz Isroel – Israel!
Yes, our aliyah is exactly one year old! We survived our first year and we are definitely wiser, have less illusions and more realistic than we were when we came. And we are still very happy to be here. We have all grown in physical or spiritual way. Also I have grown thinner – I lost 35 pounds!
So to mark this one year anniversary I will make a partial list of things I have learned in this year. They are in no particular order and as always with a tongue in cheek.
1. I can always find yarn. I have a build in homing devise. I can sence it.
2. No the hot water will not just pour from the faucet when you want it. One has to turn on the heater first and then wait a bit.
3. Good tea is not a luxury, it is a necessary. With milk, sugar and lemon, please!
4. One can survive without avocados for four months. If they are not in season – they are not available. No matter how many times you will ask for them in your local fruit shop.
5. Yes, Israeli roaches are really big, but they tend to stay outside, verses the Brooklyn variety that was small, but definitely prefer indoors.
6. Cats are cute, but not the feral kind. Feed, but do not touch!
7. There is only one thing that makes me miss Greyhound, when I am riding an Egged bus – bathroom!
8. Americans only think they work a lot. Israelis work much more and talk about it much less. And relax even harder than they work.
9. Knitting and crochet helps.
10. On learning Hebrew – when in doubt – smile. It was probably a compliment.
11. Change is good! It might heart, but it is good pain, kind of like childbirth. Unfortunately G-d does not give out epidurals.
12. When things get unbearably hard – forgive yourself, your spouse, and others. It is much easier to go on afterwards.
13. No one will die if there are macaroni for dinner 5 nights in a row. As long as there is Ketchup to go with them.
14. Some things I just have to live with, no appeal, no tragedy. The key word here is “live”.
15. Yarn can always find me. It is a miracle and I accept it.