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Monday, January 4, 2010


I wrote this on November 20th, about two weeks before we left.  I forgot to post it.  Better late than never!

A wise friend (and family member) suggested we "Leverage the anticipation—which is often as exciting as the actual event—and let the kids go on the websites or buy the books and ask them to plan out the two weeks. That’s a great part of the experience as well."

It never occured to me to involve the kids in the planning.  I hope there is still time!

For weeks, I have been reluctant to get excited about the trip.

What if something happened?  What if the trip fell through?

I just could not bear the through of dealing with everyone's disappointment.

So, I qualified everything, with "nothing is definite until we have our tickets."

Well, now we have our tickets and I am finally allowing myself to get excited! 

The kids are totally into it.

A few nights ago, my eldest gazed at me with her sparkling eyes, "I am so excited!"

I smiled and responded, "I am even more excited than you are!"

After a brief "no, you're not"- "yes I am" exchange, my eldest looked at me with a glint in her eyes and asked, "Are your friends making you a kufsat haftaot (surprise package) with all sorts of fun stuff in it?"

She had me there.

"You win," I conceded, "but I'm still really excited!!"

Please daven (or send happy, healing thoughts) for RivkA bat Teirtzel.

With love and optimism,


Karen said...

You should have told us -- I would have made you a goody bag!

mikimi said...

what a cool idea!

Unknown said...

Next time you go to Disneyworld, I'll try to remember to make you a package of fun stuff!

RivkA with a capital A said...

you are all awesome!!

I guess I'm still a kid, 'cause I'm sittin' here smilin'!