This past week, on Yom Kippur eve, I spent much of my time pondering issues of life and death. Not because of the Jewish Judgment Day, where we pass before the Heavenly Court and G-d determines our fate for the coming year, but because my son Dovid got his learner’s permit that morning. Seriously though, I’ve driven with him twice since, and he is way better than I was at that age. (My mom has fondly told him, more than once, about the time I almost drove up my neighbor’s lawn).
In any event, we had a meaningful fast, and are now looking forward to spending Sukkot with family and friends. We are hopeful that this year will be one of good health, prosperity and good fortune for our fellow FOM blog readers.
Save the date – November 17, 2019 is the HODS 5K walk. We are putting together the Friends of Meredith team again, and if you can participate, or just come and cheer us on, please let me know.
And with that, our Thankfuls:
- Thankful to see good friends tomorrow for lunch
- Surprise birthday dinner for Scott with friends in our sukkah.
- Doing OK on my AP Bio test
- Thankful for a 90 on my Chumash test
- For “mah” new book.
- For JB, an old friend from Belle Harbor, for his help on a project that culminated today, as a result of his hard work.
I was unfortunately away in Lakewood last night for a shivah call, so I wasn’t able to get out our thankfuls. Here they are!
- my wonderful friends and family
- For my new sandals
- for sleep
- for high school not being so hard
- For Axe and the Great Blondini.
- For Mike’s Chicken Crunchers, corn dogs, and fine Lakewood eateries.
This past week, we celebrated Mer’s third lungaversary, the name Mer coined for the anniversary of her double lung transplant. It brings back a host of exciting and terrifying memories; things had been pretty dire and to get the match when Mer did was nothing short of miracle. I vividly remember posting Mer’s medical and transplant-related cartoons which she had selected nearly 4 YEARS EARLIER to be shared with readers of her blog to put her readers at ease during the surgery and recovery. Finding out that the surgery was a success, but they had to wait to close her up because her lungs were so big. Leaving Mer in the good hands of our Pittsburgh FAMILY to go celebrate Dovid’s Bar Mitzvah.
The transplant gave us precious time with Mer, and a host of wonderful days and memories that we deeply cherish. And so, despite the fact that Mer’s no longer with us, the lungaversary is still a holiday which we very much celebrate and cherish.
And with that, our thankfuls:
- For my new apartment, being closer to Scott & Estee and grandkids, and having wonderful friends
- For Crispy Chicken
- for a fun birthday
- For Rita’s Ices at 10PM
- For chocolate milk
- Fun times in Freehold, NJ
- Managing to fit all of the kids stuffed animals into the trunk of the car.