Most of my life has been a surprise.
I was surprised when I found out other children came from loving homes that were not at the whim of a mother’s radical mood swings.
I was surprised, that despite what my mother told me, I found someone who was happy to marry me and stick with me through the years.
I was surprised at the depth of love I felt for my babies, my children, my teenagers- even when I was pretty sure they would cause me to go out of my mind.
I was surprised that I was able to fulfill impossible dreams- it was as if everything I imagined I could never accomplish became possible: Teaching Lamaze courses, becoming a doula, becoming a family therapist, becoming a supervisor and teacher of family therapy, and becoming a tour guide in exotic places!
I was surprised that when my children grew up, they would have lots of children and amazed at what good parents they became.
I was surprised at how easy my transition to living in Israel was and am constantly surprised at how much I am aware of the blessing of living here.
I was surprised each year on my birthday, because the years are flying by and while I still think of myself in my 20s or 30s, most of my children are older than that.
My life has been filled with surprises, and I am grateful.