Tuvia and I met at a break-fast celebration at my good friend, Rena’s. Tuvia came with his good friends David and Pinina and by the time I showed up after my day of fasting and dealing with a sinus condition, a hot shower and nice clothes brought me back to life. All I was hoping for was a good cup of coffee, a fresh poppyseed bagel filled with flaky whitefish salad. I was really not fishing for a man. But Tuvia, bored by the time I showed up, was open to meet someone new.
He was patient. He sought me out and was not put off by my initial lack of interest. Finally, when my stomach was calmed and I could focus on the guy with steel eyes in the dark blue suit with the strange name that I couldn’t remember. Yes I was ready to be engaged and like most people who first meet Tuvia, I was engaged and wanted more.
Seventeen years later we still celebrate our first night together, so our date is eternally tied to the lunar calendar and the end of Yom Kippur.
Last night we celebrated, really celebrated our lives together. We’ve been celebrating since Tuvia left the hospital this last time and has been bleeding free. After that crazy month of August, racing back and forth to Englewood and Lenox Hill hospitals we have been mostly feeling grateful that we have a present and future to plan for. Not that we took each other for granted before, but since August 4, my attention has been with Tuvia and thankfully, friends, family my guitar and teacher, work projects and partners all have been supportive and patient to have us return.
We are back 🙂
I am starting to fill in the calendar with work dates, dinner dates, events, celebrations, conferences… trips…. life!
Of course this could all be halted if Tuvia finds blood, but he promises not to freak this time around and feel that it’s hopeless. Instead he has a plan. Maybe before that happens his doctor will discover something or develop a preventative plan that Tuvia will support.
We are hopeful.
Today we celebrate health and life with my dad and our Ellenville family. And what a great day of weather for that, right?
Happy Anniversary to the Love of my Life!