The News From Home
The Husband purchased a cell phone yesterday....so we were finally able to converse at length last night (his time). I still miss him, but he has told me so many positive things about Life in Jerusalem---and keep in mind this is a guy who is not fond of big cities or of apartment life.
He has discovered long walks and that Jerusalem is a city of walkers; that even during the Hamsin it is pleasant enough to walk at night; that everything you need is on Derech Bet Lechem and most of it can be delivered; that the closest bank is HaPoalim, for better or worse; that he's already lost weight from all the walking; that the natives are friendly and he's already been to Yona's friends' home for Kiddush; that there is a choice of synagogues; that we are closer than he thought to our son's ulpan and school; that we're on a major bus line for downtown; that Misrad Ha'Pnim hasn't changed since he last lived here.
He likes the apartment, going so far as to discuss landscaping the yard and taking our option to renew for an extra year.
I still miss him, but I am now optimistic and looking forward to getting there. It doesn't seem so insurmountable now that he's there, the zoo is there, and the household goods are in storage. All I have to do is the detail stuff that closes out our lives here and when school ends, head for the El Al terminal.