Up before the sunrise, I couldn’t wait to turn on CNN/MSNBC for the morning political chit-chat as they focus on Hillary’s decisive win last night and Trump too but I’m ignoring that insanity at the moment. Instead, I’m remembering what I loved so much about you, about us together- politics, our life blood. I miss racing for the New Times as it appeared in the driveway at day break each morning so that as you finished prepping for the day and joining me in the kitchen, I had it ready for reading as you sipped your first cup of light coffee and I skimmed it on my phone version with MSNBC as background music.
There was never a moment in our 20 years together that we couldn’t stop everything around us and turn our attention to political issues and there’s no way we could have survived without our Democratic/ left-of-center bond here, in Israel, everywhere in the world. Yes, I know it was tough for you to deal with my constant criticism of O for making a mess of public education but in all other areas I was right with you in your passionate enthusiasm for him. I don’t think we could have stayed together if I rejected him totally, right?
We both had a very tough time during the Bush years, with W, but we kept our positive optimism strong, believing that the Dems would be back with the first female or the first man of color- either one would work for us. We might now have the other first, T. Election night 2016, will be very tough without you but by then I will be stronger, I hope.
And then there’s Israel. Seems like the situation there only gets worse. I know that you left feeling very discouraged with the direction of political leadership there but let’s hope Hillary can offer us a fresh look with Bill at her side, with a second chance to help. More political leaders here seem to be taking J Street more seriously.
Hmmm… maybe I should get the NY Times delivered here, in its original form. What do you think?
What a gift you were/are to me, T. What a gift!
On this very sunny morning now, in this lovely living space, you are everywhere.