Letters to Tuvia#130:Ain’t no Sunshine…(1-18-16)

Evening T,

For the first time in over a week, there was no sunshine to enhance the day.  The dusty day didn’t come as a surprise, in fact tomorrow there will could very well be rain and more wind.  But who can complain?  It’s been idyllic since I arrived, last Saturday and I’m hoping that before I leave the sun will shine again.

But something happens without sunshine.  Something happens when the sky darkens and we enter the evening hours. Something happens when I turn to share something with you and you aren’t there.

No surprise, right?

Today we celebrated Asher’s 80th birthday here at Ami’s with just slivers of very good cake from one of Adi’s favorite shops. 80  for Asher today and 80 for Ricky last in 2016.and they are both looking great. Here’s a picture with you.


I’m remembering when we were here in  January 12 years ago to celebrate your 80th.  Remember?  Probably one of the best nights of your life.  From the moment we entered the catering space until the last guest left, I don’t remember a conversation with you.  You were off to soak every second of that evening with family and friends who came to honor you. What a night!


The soil is rich here for remembering, for feeling chilled by your absence.But my moments without family or friends here are few and that’s a good thing. Tomorrow I’ll leave Tel Aviv for the first time since I arrived for the south, on a train to Beersheba to spend time with Edna and Mendi in the desert.  I’ll be welcomed warmly and love my time with them.

What a wonderful place to miss you T.  I couldn’t have found the treasures here without you.

Love you forever,

Bonnie S.

4 thoughts

  1. “I couldn’t have found the treasures here without you.” The most telling sentence. This place and the people are a treasure in your life because of your Tuvia. Enjoy your time in the desert, hopefully there will be sun.

  2. Elsie took my words, finding those treasures is important to your healing, re-visiting them & remembering how much Tuvia thought of them. I too hope the sun shines in the desert. Taking the train sounds exciting, so happy travels, Bonnie.

  3. So far away and yet we can share in your journey. That is amazing. Your life is a beacon. Not sure if you are aware of that. I’m sure Tuvia was.

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