Monday, August 24, 2009

And So They've Gone for Now...

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The inevitable happened. They left. Off to Canada. Away from here. Sure, they will be back to visit in a month. Don't tell me that in your voice that sounds like that makes everything okay. It isn't the same thing. It isn't Shabbat dinner together. Lunch at Gokul. A drive away to drop off some peaches. A lazy Sunday dinner at our place. A phone call with no long distance charges. It is a visit. It doesn't mean the move is no big deal. I don't see it the way you do. Neither do they. A visit is different than being a few blocks away from being able to hug their grandchildren whenever they want. Send soup to their little grand-one who isn't feeling well on any given day. A Shabbos nap at their son's house after davening. A class with (now) old friends. A day's drive away from the other granschildren and son.

Please. Take your words of "comfort"

...your "they'll be back in a month to visit (so it is okay, see?)"...

and think twice before saying them to me. Please.

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