That's a big one. I had a lot of anxiety over leaving, mostly tied to her--she's 90 and practically healthier than I am, minus the whole Alzheimer's bit (which most of my friends would tell you is a problem I have as well)--but I've still been so nervous to be so far away, maybe even more so because I'm going on this whole trip because of her. That loose end will definitely be the hardest to tie up. I'm even kind of sort of maybe okay with leaving work for a whole week. But a whole week without my grandma, even though before Tuesday I hadn't seen her in three weeks, so far away, is still scary. And unfortunately, I don't think she can figure out Skype. I'll have bits of her life with me--I'll actually be surrounded by and immersed in her life, so that's helpful.
Last loose end tied up: today's issue of the Jewish Advocate has a pretty cool article. For those of you with a subscription, just click here. For those of you without, see below. I've just stuck the whole thing right in here. (I hope that's okay!) Special super amazing thanks to Susie Davidson for putting this together and making it happen.
That's it...next post may very well be from the airport!
*minyan: a gathering of 10+ Jewish adults (generally over the age of 13). In this context, I'm technically referring to shacharit, morning services, for which we had a minyan, which meant we could say kaddish, the prayer of mourning, and other various things for which a minyan is required. I don't know that that cleared much up for you, but there's always Google.
*misheberach: literally "he who blesses" or "may the one who blesses." Generally a prayer said over the sick, but can also be applied for other things. Like travel.
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