Letters to Tuvia #35: October 1, 2015 Getting Ready for the 3rd


Morning T,

There’s a hurricane coming.  It will miss your 92nd birthday and our celebration, but it could be an issue during the early part of the week, maybe impact on Ami’s return to Israel with the family. I’m remembering Sandy, you too? Fingers crossed!

As for me, I’m feeling better.  Another good night of sleep, maybe not as good as the night before, but then after a day creating a new digital piece in your honor,  it was harder to stay asleep.  I watched it many times since I finished it last night at 10 PM.   I was hoping to keep it under wraps until Saturday when a group of 15 will arrive at the house for a barbecue.Now in addition to celebrating Lydia’s birthday on July 20, we will be celebrating your birthday as well.  Ironic isn’t it, you always kept your birthday a secret from most of the world.  Usually we had a romantic dinner, but in the last few years it was interesting to have you expand the guest list to immediate family.

I’m not sure that you would ever want to increase the number to 15, but I promise it won’t be crazy.  No hats or decorations but I did work hard yesterday to create something special, after I realized that I just couldn’t work out the ukulele version of a song you love, Hallelujah. I can play it but not comfortably enough for Saturday.  Instead, after a few days of collecting lots of photos and just a touch of video, I worked on the piece above for most of yesterday, with the continued support of my Facebook team. YAY!!!

A full morning on the couch and by noon I was more than 50% done.  I took a break for lunch and some shopping- a new lamp for the living room, some good conversations and back to the couch for more work, then a break for dinner with Jane.  Michael sadly, wasn’t feeling well, so it was a girl’s night together.  I’ll bet that it you were with me Michael would have pushed himself to join in.  I’m wondering how it would have been if you were at the table with just the girls. Another great meal made with love by Jane.

So this new piece is probably ready to share with the family on Saturday.  I think I’m satisfied.  Well. it does make me a bit crazy of course.  I finish watching it and want to share it with you.  I want to add something new but of course I can’t.  I’ll never be able to add something new, right?

Okay, I’m not going there today.  This morning, when the light comes up it will be windy but it won’t interrupt my plans to meet up with Bonnie C. for breakfast at Strawberry Place and the Tara this afternoon in Ridgewood for a walk and a chat with coffee.  I’ve been missing her the last few weeks after time in Hoboken and then here in Rockland.  Yes, I’m still living the life of a gypsy.

I know you’re smiling, feeling better about leaving me, right?

Miss you always,

Bonnie S.


6 thoughts

  1. I feel your longing… the way you miss Tuvia when you write. Perhaps that is why Jews mourn for almost a year. The heart takes a long time to heal, doesn’t it?
    The expanded gathering sounds lovely… even if Tuvia wouldn’t have personally loved it. It’s what YOU need right now.

  2. Creativity kicked in so you could honor this special man on his day. I’m sure the family and friends will love it. Have a wonderful visit with Tara!

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