“Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.”~Michael J. Fox
We lived in Israel for a total of 10 years from early 1994 to the end of 2005. The differences between our cultures were immense, sometimes enormous. Things would often strike me as odd or unusual. A short time after I emigrated, I went back “home” for a visit. Funny thing….. all of a sudden….the things that I grew up with and once considered the “norm” began to feel odd and unusual. I found myself uncomfortably out of place. When my husband and I spent 2 years in America sandwiched between our 12 years together in Israel, we caught ourselves fantasizing a kind of Utopia, a perfect blend of two amazing countries.
When my marriage dissolved in 2005, I moved with the kids back to the US. I felt better equipped to be a single parent in my native country, using my native language and with the support of my family. I never realized just how hard it would be and how much I would miss my family by law. People talk about blood. They say blood is thicker than water and I know my relationship with my most of my blood relatives is loving and unconditional, I came away with a bond much, much stronger than blood. I call it love.