Thing #2 is Tzfat. A city we love, but will probably never live in. You can read more about that over here.
But it’s Thing #1 that hurts.
Thing #1 is homeschooling.
It’s hard not to cry as I write this (partly because Windows Live Writer ate my last version of this after I’d spent 10 minutes typing – waah).
I have had the BEST summer, learning at home with the kids. Learning, growing, exploring, doing cool stuff together. And yeah, proving to myself that even here in Israel, I’m still me. They’re still them, albeit now with a touch of Israeli schoolkid chutzpah.
Given the choice, the kids would continue homeschooling, all year long. Staying in PJs, going on tiyulim, choosing what to learn, how fast, at exactly the right level.
Given the choice, we grown-ups would continue homeschooling, all year long. Avoiding making lunches, and yeah, staying in PJs. Missing the chance to throw ourselves on the one-size-fits-all, inexorable conveyor belt that is any education system, even in Israel.
Have I mentioned that I hate making lunches?
Ask any of my kids; it’s true. Always have. It doesn’t help that I hate almost all sandwiches and this is a nation that reveres them to the point of mandating a nationwide sandwich break at 10am every day.
But, of course, sandwiches are not a good reason to keep your children home.