I spoke too soon.
For soon after I posted yesterday’s blog, my mother tripped on an ice cube and fell, shattering her hip.
She’s now in the hospital, trying to decide whether or not to have surgery. There’s the risk to the surgery and then there’s the risk if she doesn’t have the surgery. Namely, she won’t ever walk again.
So, there ya have it. I drove to the hospital in the pouring rain.
What can I do to feel carried through today?
I can trust that my mother is being taken care of. I can trust that there’s a plan for each of us although I don’t understand what that is. I can trust in the mystery. I can have faith that there’s a resolution to this problem, even though I might not like it. And even though I can’t see it now.
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Diana Bletter is the author of several books, including The Invisible Thread: A Portrait of Jewish American Women (with photographs by Lori Grinker), shortlisted for a National Jewish Book Award. Her novel, A Remarkable Kindness, (HarperCollins) was published in 2015. She is the First Prize Winner of Moment Magazine's 2019 Fiction Contest. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, tabletmag, Glamour, The Forward, The North American Review, Times of Israel, and is a reporter for Israel21C, and many other publications. She is author of Big Up Yourself: It's About Time You Like Being You and The Mom Who Took off On Her Motorcycle, a memoir of her 10,000-mile motorcycle trip to Alaska and back to New York. She lives in a small beach village in Western Galilee, Israel, with her husband and family. She is a member of the local hevra kadisha, the burial circle, and a Muslim-Jewish-Christian-Druze women's group in the nearby town of Akko. And, she likes snowboarding and climbing trees.
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