Letters to Tuvia #11: September 5, 2015

Dear T,

What’s a birthday without a celebration?

On this Friday night, our first family Shabbat without you  and Ami’s family back in Israel, we explored Jersey City and Leora picked the spot for her 23rd birthday celebration.

We needed this time together, away from the usual Friday night traditions. The food,Pan Asian, delivered slowly (way too slowly for you) allowed to us to enjoy the cool September evening sitting at a table outside a very noisy restaurant. You would not have been happy- no bread anywhere.

Just the  perfect card signed card signed: Saba, Bonnie, Ami, Adi, Mihael, Mia and Shimon and the gift of green for something that Leora’s had her eye on for a few weeks. And of course just the right  chocolate cake from Ridgewood-the place right next to the movie theater.

And Shimon offered comic relief in large doses,as he moved away from the table for  cigarette breaks.

As we walked back to the car, Leora let me know that this what just what she needed. You were with us.

As Labor Day weekend begins, don’t worry , I’m covered with  a host of events;

Heading back to the gym.  swimming at Hilda’s with Jane, a movie in NYC with Marie France and Don and  Ellenville for a Labor Day barbecue.  It almost sounds like it will be perfect, but not quite.

And so we begin the first year without you, T.


Bonnie S.



2 thoughts

  1. Tuvia’s absence was deeply felt, I am sure, but you are so brave to soldier on and carry his spirit wherever you go. Leoria enjoyed her birthday inspire of everything, that’s wonderful, my friend.

  2. Lovely to see the celebration for Leora, and that you enjoyed it. It seems that your weekend will be filled with some good times with friends, and I imagine also full of talking of good times with Tuvia, too, as it should be. Hugs for the weekend!

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