Letters to Tuvia Y2 #20: Sweet Days Away (10-15-16)

Morning T,

I’m back home over the Hudson, after a few days away in Connecticut and 3 cheers to movement!  In this life it’s easier to become a slug but if I’m on this couch too long the blues begins to pull me into despair.  And to think I couldn’t understand your need to get out of the house when I was happily playing on a mobile device.

Now your mantra: Keep moving or decay, is keeping me sane.

So on Thursday, after a very spirited and exhausting  virtual Hebrew lesson with Rivka I was  out of the house and into the sunshine weighed down with my usual assortment of  packed bags including my new camera to share with Jonathan.

Off to Connecticut to visit the new Friesem unit: Jonathan, Lisa and 4-month-old Robin.  West Hartford: a new adventure.  Hartford,  a city I often drove through to get to  Boston on route 84, always praying that I would not be held up in a traffic jam.  But now with this slice of Hartford as my destination, I looked forward to my arrival  after  less that 2 hours of driving.

Maybe I didn’t want to get off the couch hours earlier, but as I called Jonathan to let him know I was minutes away, it was all good.

48 hours of exploration.  48 hours of a sweet routine.  Arms opened wide to welcome me and once again, I was grateful. Maybe my One Little Word for the new year might be, gratitude for that circle that has been created for me in this life without you here, by my side.

Here’s what I loved about my time away:

I loved watching Lisa and Jonathan calmly embrace parenthood worts and all.

I loved sleeping a bit later.

I loved the crisp morning walks and brunches out, exploring the neighborhoods with Jonathan and Robin.

I loved our playing with MEVO.

I loved Jonathan’s new campus- meeting some of the key players- learning about brave work of their friends helping Syrian refugees escaping to Greece.

I loved sitting in the passenger seat as Lisa bravely took the wheel, getting used to driving.

I loved Jonathan’s  late night salad.

I loved the tour of Mark Twain’s home.

I loved our conversations…


And this morning, back home… a conversation with Ami, Adi and the kids from Kyoto, Japan.

And I’m so glad that Amanda is back sleeping at home with one week old  Sadie in her new room for the first time.

I am so grateful…

Yes, I wish you were here to move with me in this life, but I understand that you can’t be on this glorious Sunday morning with the last presidential debate scheduled for Wednesday. Imagine, the Donald vs Hillary.  I know, crazy!


Bonnie S.

3 thoughts

  1. I’m following you out the door, Bonnie, going to see Nathan, Barb & Carter this coming Thurs. for a long weekend! Love hearing about your “sweet” time, and seeing the pictures! Halloween is showing up around here, too. Happy Sunday!

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