Monday, December 25, 2006
I'm almost afraid to type this, but right now the Mrs and I are working on a scheme to bring the PT Clan to Israel this summer. It's almost like an impossible dream. The "Family Trip of a Lifetime." Literally. There may be no other time to do this. The PT is just about old enough to make the trip and not whine continuously, none of the older ones are married yet, and we have only one kid in college. Another year and we'll have two, and it will be too cost-prohibitive. Even now we cannot afford it. I will have to figure out a way to make the Geo last at least one more year.
But I think this is SO important. There are so many things we want to do. I want the kids to see their Israeli cousins and their kids while they are still...kids, y'know? I want to show them the beauty of their homeland. I don't mean to take anything away from the greatness of American Orthodox Jewish Life, but you can't really understand what it is to be a Jew if you haven't spent time in Israel.
So we're going to go. Period. We'll somehow make it work. There are a bunch of steps we have to take. We'll need to find an apartment. We'll need to book tickets. I have to find someone to cover my patients. I have no idea how we'll pay for it.
But first, we need Passports. With the exception of our little trip to Canada last year, none of the PT kids have ever left the country. So we're getting them Passports. Which means....mug shots. In the old days that required a trip to the AAA or DMV or someplace official, but we live in the digital age. So I lined 'em up and shot 'em.
They say you're not supposed to digitally edit your photos when you submit them, but I took the liberty of removing the Kool-Aid stain from the corners of The PT's mouth in the above photo.
At some point I'd like to write about my previous four trips to Israel. They were...interesting.