My Dear TRT Family,
My summer plans had changed dramatically! I would bet yours did too.
When I first moved to the U.S. I became aware of the remarkable planning ahead which most Americans engage in for their upcoming vacations. I grew up in a culture where you thought more spontaneously about what to do and where to go in your free time. That is possibly why Sabra’s treat life with fluidity. With all the tzures’ (struggles) we had in the 1970s in Israel, you had to think quick on your feet and adjust on a week’s notice.
So, when my husband, Eli, and I realized that because of the pandemic things could not be the same, we started to ask ourselves the following questions: What is profoundly important to us? How do we keep our family safe?
We cherish family time and we love our togetherness. Our daughter, who lives with us, will be a high school senior in September – a year away from a big change. Our son lives in California, and we only get to see him on Passover and during the High Holidays. Unfortunately 2020 was becoming a year in which spending the holidays together would not happen, and due to the pandemic, a plane ride was not a safe option.
When you know that everything is changing, you examine your assumptions. In our case, we never took more than two weeks off; we always wanted to get to our destination as fast as possible.
We started to think, to ponder, to dream.
On June 26, we got ourselves packed and went on a cross country journey. We needed to learn how to handle an RV, how to share tight space with our lovable teenager, and how to navigate roads safely with a 32-foot vehicle (different than our car). But most of all, we created an opportunity to see our beautiful country. From the Badlands, to Mount Rushmore, the Grand Tetons, the Redwoods, and Crater Lake, we crafted new memories as we enjoyed the outdoors through our safe RV bubble.
At times I even felt spiritual seeing God’s hands engulfing us with beauty. The views of Crater Lake brought me to the pure and untouched land of Genesis. The Grand Tetons took my breath away.
Why do I share all this with you? This year has thrown at us many new conditions and situations. In one word: uncertainty. That’s what paints this year.
Let us think, ponder, and dream together, so we can make lemonade from the lemons we are being served in 2020.