Morning T and Slicers,
Together we shopped for groceries in Tel Aviv to fill our small refrigerator for early morning breakfasts and guests. We walked together to the super on Ben Yehuda and if it wasn’t too hot, we would walk back to our hotel as well, or taxi back if the bags were really heavy. And that was it for you when it came to shopping. Although, when we traveled to other places, it was fun to find one something that we both loved, unique to the place to have back home, but we generally moved quickly through the markets with my images to take us back. Yes, you were always patient when I stopped for a photo, often with you in it.
Maybe if I had been with a true shopper I would have shopped more too, but I never felt deprived. In Israel I did have more opportunities. We had the luxury of time and I could shop to my heart’s content as long as you didn’t have to come along. Spending dollars in Israel was encouraged and I loved Israeli crafts and favorite shops in Neve Tzedek, our favorite neighborhood. By the end of our 10 days I always left with one or two wonderful new pieces.
Last year, my first time back without you, I spent one afternoon in a ceramics shop in Yafo, selecting gifts for Team Bonnie- friends who kept me busy and supported during my early months of grieving. Thank-yous!!!
On this visit, I shopped for me, with Adi by my side. On day 1, in 30 minutes, I selected a pair of great vases for the small table at my apartment’s entrance. I saw them, I bought them. Done! But, as the days passed and I got comfortable and joined in the family routine, I had to see what Mia was working on in her ceramics class. She was creating amazing pieces and one night I volunteered to pick her up and walk her home. I arrived early and there they were at the potter’s wheel. Amazing! And Lisa’s pieces… amazing. Yes, I bought vase #3 and as we spoke I knew that she might be the inspiration I needed to take on “the wheel” when I return in October.
Bonnie, the potter, can you see that? And oops… I forgot that Stacey created this special logo for the Original 12!