Friday, February 22, 2008

Snow Day

Hi, everyone! I feel so lucky to know so many caring, kind people in the "blogosphere." Your notes and condolences have meant so much to me over the past days.

SO, bringing you up to date: I was in Chicago for my grandmother's funeral. My doctors gave me permission to fly, as long as I took all possible precautions along the way. I made sure to arrange for a wheelchair on both ends of the flight, which was incredibly helpful. At Newark Airport, the man who pushed my wheelchair, I found out, used to be a college professor in philosophy and psychology in his home country of Egypt. However, now that he lived in America, he did not know enough English to continue his career. Thus, he was stuck pushing wheelchairs in the airport as he learned more English. How sad! I really enjoyed talking with him and seeing pictures of his adorable children.

The funeral and shiva (the traditional Jewish days of mourning, usually lasting a week) were.... complicated. My grandmother was kind to me throughout my life, but caused a lot of pain and misery for other relatives of mine. It was somewhat difficult to eulogize her and make her sound righteous. My aunt kept talking about my grandmother's "honesty and insistence on the truth," yet I kept thinking about how much her "honesty" hurt people close to me. Nevertheless, we got through it all, and I got to spend time with my family.

Once I came back to the NYC area, I prepared for a return to work. I can't really explain why, but I finally felt significantly better. I went back to work this week, as fully as possible, and it felt so good to be there. I missed the ins and outs of the rabbinate - preparing for this Shabbat's Torah study, submitting a piece of text for the pamphlet handed out during services, sending out congratulatory letters to new babies and weddings in our congregation... it is all so fulfilling. And, after two days back at the temple, I was tired but not in pain. Yay!

Which brings me to today - SNOW!!! I really planned on going in today (though not staying for services - too much right now), but there are six inches of snow on the ground!! And there will only be more on the way! It looks beautiful, but I am terrified of slipping and falling (again). Thus, I will work from home today on some projects and stay nice and warm :)

I hope you all had a good week, and I look forward to visiting your blogs to catch up. Take care! Have a lovely weekend!


i beati said...

are you feeling pain free now or still precarious??Funny my mother is like your grandmother and she has hurt her immediate family deeply. We just pray she'll come out of this blatantness. She never does. We miss the woman we want her to

Sarene said...

Wow...sounds like you had a very similar experience with your grandmother as I did when mine passed back in the fall.

So glad you're back and happy and healthy (and that you'll be attending a couple of certain fun events coming up ;-)).

ZILLA said...

Congratulations on surviving a difficult eulogy and on returning to work!

I saw NY weather footage on TV -- it looks even worse than what we've had in Michigan! Good move staying out of the slippery stuff today.

Jerseygirl89 said...

I'm so glad you're feeling better and that everything went okay at the funeral.

And I've decided that if we can't fast-forward to spring, this snow can stick around - it's so beautiful.

Skittles said...

Ohhhh.. I don't blame you.. not after what you've been through.

BipolarLawyerCook said...

I'm so glad you're feeling back on your feet, and glad too you're taking it easy to keep ON you feet.

Cooper said...

After all the upheaval in your world over the past couple months, I'm sure a little routine felt good. Glad to hear you are getting back on your feet!

The Egel Nest said...

So glad to see you blogging again...we missed you while you were away...and we have more snow now here in Chicago..when is Spring???


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