I’ve been able to get a WiFi internet connection here in Chicago at my grandmother’s appartment, so I may blog very sporadically. Granted, it’s not going to be my usual musings, rather, I’m just going to share whatever is on my mind at the given point in time. It’s strange to know that my grandfather z”l is no longer with us. He lived 83 wonderful years on this planet, was married to my grandmother for 52 of those years. He’s now b’ezrat hashem in heaven, where he is being reunited with his mother and sister who he last saw when he was 18. (He was in Japan with his father on a buisness trip when the Nazis invaded Romania–the Nazis proceeded to murder my great aunt and great grandmother). He moved from Japan (later during the war) to Panama, where he met grandma. The two of them eventually moved here to America, and lived the American dream. He was a very religious and pious man, always yirat hashamaim and a man full of chesed. Grandpa was a very loyal Zionist; whenever HaTikvah was played, he insisted on standing up at attention. He invested much in the land (through charity and purchasing bonds) and Israel was always in his heart and mind. He is now in Israel, as per his final requests.
My grandma, dad and uncles are currently flying back from Israel (they made a very quick trip there to bury my grandpa), and they’ll be back stateside early this morning and will return to Chicago later in the AM. We have not seen them since Tuesday. It’s going to be interesting to see how they are doing. I hope to keep grandma in high spirits. That will include replying to all her requests, even her insisting that I eat more food (even when my body doesn’t want me too)–you’ve gotta love Jewish mothers and grandmothers.
They’re going to be sitting shiva here at the apartment for the week. I’m not sure how long I’ll be here in Chicago to help out. I”ll have to see. Today we prepped the house, took phone calls, made arrangements for things (food people are sending over, finding out what time minyan is at, the usual…)
It’s wierd to think about it that my grandfather is no longer alive. I last saw him in April for Pesach. He took ill 4 months ago, and that was the beginning of the end per-say. (I’ll explain in another post).
I’m going to try to get some sleep now. After I take care of my little brother.
Thank you all for the notes you’ve left me in the comments. I really appreciate them all. I seriously, seriously do. Thank you!
P.S. An aside, I may be using more Hebrew/Judaic terminology in the comming posts regarding what’s going on. my appologies for not providing a definition (sorry, I’m a bit lazy right now). I’ll try to link to a page tomorrow with more info.