Saturday, September 4, 2010

Three years and counting

I couldn't let the day go by without acknowledging it. Today we celebrated our third anniversary here.

I guess it says something that I thought about letting the day going by without a post. We're old hat here. "Vatikim", they call us--old timers. And when I look at my friends who just arrived last month and other friends who arrived less than two weeks ago I feel a little bit of that. I can answer their questions. Understand thier experiences. I know the joy and pride they are feeling now and can almost predict some of the other, more complicated emotions they are going to feel as they continue their journey.

And I hope they arrive at the moment I am enjoying now. The moment when it seems so natural to be here that they almost--but not quite--forget that the date is the anniversary of one of the extraordinary events of their lives.

As a family, we've gone through much. I still feel that my kids are my heroes. Liat, finding her place here and proving that teens can make Aliya (move to Israel)and maintain their academic excellence. Tali, who has thrived and matured and has an amazing circle of friends. And Orli, who you'd think was Israeli if you saw her hanging out.

I'm glad I didn't just let the day go by. I'm proud of what we've all accomplished here.

And I'm looking forward to more.

(beh)

10 comments:

Fern Chasida said...

mazal tov! after more than 20 years here i still note the date (if only to myself) that we arrived in israel.
may you and your family have many more wonderful years here!

SuperRaizy said...

You should be proud! What you and your family did wasn't easy. Mazal Tov on 3 successful years in Israel and wishing you many more!

rutimizrachi said...

מזל טוב!

I am so happy you have made it, that the kids have made it. And your making it, through your blog and your friendship, have made Israel an even better place. May more and more of our dear family come successfully Home.

Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary! So glad you preceded us and shared all your wisdom with us! Here's to many more years...
Carol

Robin said...

Holy cow, you just made me realize that yesterday was my officially aliyah anniversary (19 years, though I was actually here the two before that as well, but 1991 is when I made it official). Jay and I came when we were young, idealistic and blissfully unaware of the ramifications of moving so far from family. What your family did took a lot more courage. Well done Baila, and congratulations on your anniversary.

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mother in israel said...

Mazal tov, we're coming up on 20 after Sukkot. Wonderful to have you here.

Gila Rose said...

happy anniversary! (Us September babies have to stick together...)

ilanadavita said...

Congratulations to the 5 of you. Or should I say 6?

Kathleen said...

Mazel tov! Wishing you many more happy years for you and your family!

miriyummy said...

Major mazal tov! I celebrate every single aliya anniversary, even after 27 years. Some days I feel like I've been here forever, and some days I feel like I just got off the plane and can't cope with the mentality. The ride never ends, enjoy it!