Tomorrow Yael comes home. This camp experience has been truly transformative for her & for me. We have both learned such meaningful life lessons in our time apart. I know that the girl who will come home to me tomorrow, will not be the same girl that I kissed goodbye 3 & 1/2 weeks ago. My heart is so full of pride & joy, that sometimes I feel as if it will truly burst. I am grateful to Camp Coleman, to its Director Bobby Harris & his wife Ellen Zucrow. I am grateful to the staff that looked after and nurtured my Yael. I am grateful to the girls who opened up their hearts and befriended her
I am also grateful to God…
For the strength that it took to let her go~Thank you.
For the insight & clarity that allowed me to separate my fears from hers~Thank you.
For the care & compassion of those to whom I entrusted her~Thank you.
For the acceptance with which she was met~Thank you.
For each time that she faced down her fears & emerged victorious~Thank you.
For the chance to be reminded that the Jewish community can be a place of inclusion~Thank you.
For every smile & moment of laughter that she experienced~captured in a photo so that I can experience it too~Thank you.
For the growth & maturity that is sure to come with this time away from home~Thank you.
For the friends that she made, who touched her life and whose lives she touched~Thank you.
For allowing optimism & hope to quiet the voices of fear & anxiety~Thank you.
For the memories that we will both carry with us & the stories that are etched onto our hearts~Thank you.
And thank you God, for enabling us both to stand on the edge, close our eyes and simply take a “leap of faith.” Because, even though there may be times that we fall… this summer has shown us both how far & how high we can soar… if we just believe it is possible.
If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is “thank you”, it will be enough (Meister Eckhart)