Wow. Today I am amazed... at us. It's been exactly one year since we got on that plane and waved goodbye to our loved ones and started out on our journey. It's been a wild ride. It has been a very hard year in some respects, but for the most part it's been wonderful. I can't think of a better group of people I'd rather be sharing this journey with.
To celebrate, BAW made Chinese for dinner, and we all sat down (for at least 5 minutes!) together. I tried to get each of the kids to talk about their experiences, good and bad this year, and to share some general feelings on moving to Israel.
Here's what I got:
"Why are you asking me questions? That's weird."
"Her blog, for sure."
Ok, busted just a little bit. Undaunted I pressed on, and was happy I did.
R: "I have the BEST Morah! And SOO many kids in my class, like 15! And there are like, wait (counts on his fingers), like FIVE doors to my gan!"
S: "It's good. I like living in R and I like living in Israel."
A: "Stop asking me! It'll take me like an hour and a half to explain it to you!" Um, ok.
B: "Wait! I know just how to tell you!" Dashes from the room. Returns a few minutes later empty handed. He had been looking for a report he recently gave in front of the class (in Hebrew) titled, "My move to Israel and how it was hard." He can't find it because it was such a gem that I stashed it in his Memory Box. He continues on to say, "It's like amazing! There are so many kids, and so much to do and it's like so amazing!"
J: "What I realized after this year is that I can do anything. Anything. I mean, I moved across the world, walked into a classroom where I didn't know anyone, and didn't speak the language and I have good friends now! Not like I don't miss R sometimes, but living here is so different, there is so much to do, never boring like R was, and here you feel a part of the History, of the people, of the land. In a word: Awesome."