It's the end of the year. Our first (at least half of it) in this house. We waited a long time to be able to live here - and still face difficulties. But, as the song says, it's "A very, very, very fine house." Both of our kids love it -- although they'll always come to visit and probably never live here. Sabbath dinners are lovely and comfortable. All around us, the vibe is good.
We moved here, walking distance from our synagogue, with trepidation as we came further and further into the new, observant lifestyle that has so transformed us. Last night we had dinner with friends of a similar age who moved into the community just last week. "I feel like a different person." said one of them. Me too, I guess, but in my case it's really that I feel more like the real self I always knew was in here someplace.
So, on this last day of the year - as we face continued earthly difficulties with our house and its predecessor (don't ask) I sit, at dawn, sleepless, but thankful for this new opportunity - maybe privilege, that's been granted to us. As we move to 2007, the 61st year I've lived on this earth, the 15th since I quit smoking, the 31st I've been a mother, 36th I've been a wife and 9th I've lived with both my parents gone, I ask - hope - pray for a good long time for Rick and me to follow this path together, for health, happiness and peace for the two of us, our magnificent sons and those they choose to love -- and for the loving, generous and exemplary community that has helped set us on this remarkable journey.