In writing these blogs i have used the experiences and lessons that i have recieved through the help of many people. To thank you all I have created this page of gratitude. Nothing I could say with words could ever describe how grateful I feel to all of you. But here is my attempt, So here goes...
First and most important in my life, the two special gifts that have been given to me to care for. Lori, your creativity passion and sensitivity to the world around you is so fine sometimes I miss out on how much you understand. Thank you for constantly keeping me on my toes, for showing me what it truly means to have unconditional love and for sharing that love with me on a daily basis. I love you forever and ever from here till the sky and back.
To Eddie your kindness and compassion for others is remarkable. Your intuitive knowingness is something that I hope you choose to nurture and trust. Thank you for being who you are in every moment. I love you more than you love Mr. Bear, I know that sounds impossible but it's true.
To my family for your unwavering support and love.
To my father for his constant influence, always asking the difficult questions and being willing to tackle any subject. We have danced many a dance and sometimes I bow out early but I am still here with you always. I love you and respect you.
To my Mother for making me who I am. Thank you for sharing your creativity, kindness and love and especially for putting up with me. In my search I have found that I have blamed you for lots of my struggles, that is over I am taking responsibility for myself, thanks for being so patient with me.
To my sisters, Miriam you are my fashionista, my decorator and my constant friend. I know that under that tough exterior you are pure and utter love and I feel honored to have you as a part of my life Vicky, thank you for your willingness to drop anything for me, to listen to my crazy stories and support me no matter what crazy ideas I have come to, and of course your editing skills (as you can see without you I am hopeless). Thank you both for your constant care, love and support. I couldn't ask for better sisters.
To my brother in laws for always supporting me whether it is simpatico week or any other. For always being there for my children to give a bath have them sleep over or teaching them to play sports (I am still waiting for this one), and of course for allowing me to constantly invade on your time with your wives.
To my grandparents even though you may not always understand my crazy ways you have always loved me no matter what, thank you.
To my Aunts and Uncles for always wishing the best for me through it all. To my second mother Irene, thank you...
To Joey, you were my best friend and my confidante and I will treasure that history forever. Thank you for being such a wonderful dad and for always being there for me, burglars, insurance companies and the post office I couldn't be who I am without your help.
To the Safdieh family for sharing so much love and laughter with me, I thank you. You will always be in my heart.
To my friends
Ruby and David- no matter what, black or white you are always my rock, thanks for keeping me grounded.
Rachel- I can't believe I've lasted this long...thank you for everything from listening to me cry to making housekeeping schedules.
Elaine- We have been together the longest; just thank you for being you, for showing me that not everything has to be so complicated.
To the three of you (sorry Dave) thank you for getting so angry, so I didn't have to.
Lauren- my philosophical counterpart, thank you for always giving me something to argue about. You always keep my mind working (in a good way).
Elana- I can always come to you for sound advice and kindness, you always know how to light up a room, thank you.
Ezra- to San Francisco with love, thanks for always being there to listen...
Kathy- what can I say other than that you are kindness itself, thanks for loving me.
Lori- I am so glad we got so close boy was I missing out. For opening my world to so many amazing teachers, dating advice and all of your love. You know what to do and as Nike says just do it.
Margalit-what can I say a year filled with laughter, Michael Buble and cake decorating what more could I ask for.
Yvette- On the rare occasion that we get to see each other I am just plain old grateful for your friendship and when we don't get to see each other I just feel lucky to be able to say you are my friend.
Sherri- What can I say you are my teacher my mentor and most importantly my friend. You understand me and love me anyway. Thank you for being so open to all of my struggles and stories. You have been through it all with me from 13 to 32 you have been a constant in my life and I don't know how I would have gotten to the wonderful place that I am without your constant love and support.
And all of you out there who have friended me throughout the years. To you I am grateful no matter how long or short our friendship, you have shaped me, thank you.
To the new additions You have opened my eyes and pointed me back to myself again and again and again. To Honey, Mary Poppins, Dr Spaghetti and last but not least Ishtobe Wan Kanobe. Thank you for opening my eyes to the greatness that lies within and without. Thank you for pointing me to the infinite possibilities of each moment and for sharing all of your unlimited love and especially for never telling me what to do (I think). All of my love to all of you.
To my teachers
Rabbi Ezra Labaton, Rabbi Ralphie, JD, R' Ricky, S- your insight into Jewish thought has enabled me to develop a working hypothesis, I know you may not always agree with my methods or my hypothesis but I am grateful for your openness and your wisdom. Keep up the enlightening work.
To Leonard and Mary- your appreciation of the moment has brought me home, thank you.
To the Burglars- You brought out all my fear and taught me that things are not so important (even Mac books), thanks.
To MaryAnne- What can I say- your unconditional support enabled me to be who I am, thank you for opening my eyes and respecting my need to say goodbye. i hope that one day we can reconnect in a new way but until then I send you lots of love.
To all of life’s tragedies and gains I am grateful for showing me again and again the truth of who I am.
Of course to all of you reading these words, thank you for being my audience for giving me someone to write for, I feel honored and humbled every time someone tells me they have been reading my words. Always remember that this is my experience; please honor your self with your own.