BC: May 2011 | Created by Sharon T
FC: Wishing you only great things. Love, Health, Happiness... With lots of love, Your friends from LA. | The Pomerantz Family
1: ONCE UPON A TIME there was a really pretty lady with long blond braids. She stood in front of a clipboard trying to sign her name, difficult though it was with two kids hiding beneath her skirts, and a taller kid latched invisibly to her other arm. She smiled with comfort and pleasure at my invitation to lunch in our sukkah. She walked into our little home free from judgment, and with 2 mugs upon which were written the same logo as the one above our door: LIVE WELL, LAUGH OFTEN, LOVE MUCH. And so we did. We drank champagne and tea, wine and coffee, bought gifts and planned parties. We laughed at people and places and found humor in the sadness. And we found much, much love from within two families who might never have met, but were so clearly meant to meet. Here and now. I am hoping there is much more to this story, of the pretty blond lady with the lovely, enviable braids, who posses style and wit that has so captivated me. For it is clearly unclear why the end has to be near, so we cannot let that be. The seal has been made. Michelle Aaron.
2: To our friends the Pomerantz family, Off road or on the road LA or Israel No matter where? when? how? or if? This friendship was, is, and will be............. we love you very much and miss you already....... Ori,Tomm,Einat and Ofir | We will always have CPK............. Einat
3: Big warm Smile! Honest and Always ready to volunteer! The bRavest mother I met, a lOving wife and an amazing friend a Nobel human being I’m thrilled to know! With much love, Taly & the Ginsbergs.
4: "Michal and I went through our kindergarten pictures and are sending a few for you to reminisce with us. We are so glad that Adam is healthy and wish you health and happiness on the next step of your journey in Israel." Aaron Weinberg. | Dear Adam, Have fun in Israel. We'll all miss you. Madi P.S. Thanks for the basketball hoop
5: I hope u gonna b happy in israel, U r a verry fun friend, Love, Ilai.
6: "Mika is a very sweet girl... she always plays with me... I wish lots of new friends in Israel... I also wish your baby sister to grow tall and healthy... Love, Jasmin Golshan | Dear Mika, I am so glad I had the opportunity to be your teacher! I'll miss you and your family very much! I wish the best for you. You'll be in my heart forever! Love, Lilya
8: "I remember very clearly seeing Sharon coming down the corridor in school, and knowing from the minute I saw her come through the doors that something was wrong. She was walking differently, like a woman who knows she's walking, but isn't quite sure where. As we drew closer and hugged, she started to cry. She told me about Adam, and about the operation he was going to have -- it was very early in the whole thing, I don't remember what had happened at that point much beyond the fact that something was very wrong, and Sharon was scared. In the next week or so things got clearer and every time I saw her she seemed sadder and more tentative, as if her grip on life was failing her. And then suddenly, things changed. I don't remember on which day, or at which point, but it was within a month, I am sure of that. Somehow she reached inside, or maybe out to her husband, or her family, or her faith, or who knows, but somehow
9: she accepted that she was the mother of a sick child and she needed to put her own pain and fear aside and be there for him. And she did it. Every time I saw her she asked me about my life, my children, my concerns, even though I imagine that on the inside she just wanted to run around and scream. She started braiding her hair again. She smiled. She wore that white blouse with the embroidery on it that I coveted so much. She turned back into Sharon again, the lovely, wonderful Sharon she had always been. I moved away for a while, and when I returned she was one of the first people I saw around the temple. We met in the street, and when she climbed out of the car and I saw she was pregnant it was one of the sweetest moments ever. I knew Adam must be better, and that they'd all come through it with their hope intact. I know my daughter, sadly, barely remembers her time in Kindergarten. I doubt she and Adam would know each other on the street. But the good side of that is that hopefully he won't remember too vividly this uncomfortable period in his life. When he says, maybe casually to friends in college, 'oh yeah, I had cancer when I was little, but then it went away', he won't understand what that meant for Sharon and Sharone. Nor should he. But when eventually he has a child of his own, and realizes what it took for his parents to stay optimistic for him, to meet his fearful glances in the treatment room with gentle smiles, to still get mad at him for being naughty... then he will know how deeply and truly he has always been loved, and he will love his own children in that same way. And that will be how he says thank you." Abbi Waxman
10: Sharon, You’ve always impressed me with you style, wit, honestly, smarts and ability to shine in any situation. I wish you all the best and since I live online, skype/facebook will be our BFF connection! Travel safe and shine extra brightly in Israel! XOXO, Vanessa | Dear Pomerantz family, You will be missed. This is not goodbye, this is see you one day in Israel. May your experiences at Temple Emanuel Early Childhood Center be a cherished memory. Wishing you all the best, Love, Stacy and Julie
12: Adam, What can I say? You are the student every teacher hopes for. You are smart, you are funny (you even laugh at my jokes!), you get along well with your classmates, you're responsible, and you're bravest boy I've ever met. I have loved being your teacher and will miss you when you move back to Israel. I wish you the very best- always. You deserve it! Love, Louise. | We'll all miss you!!
14: Mika- Have a safe flight. I love you and will miss you. I hope to see you in Israel. Love, Mia | Mika, I will miss you. I hope you have a great time too. I don’t want you to get sad and lonely. And my whole class misses you. I want to see you on skype! And maybe Blossom would like to see you on skype! Love Norah
16: Dear Sharon – It has been a pleasure to know you over the past several years first as a Temple Emanuel parent and then in our book/wine drinking club. I have admired the grace with which you have taken on everything that comes your way and the enviable quality you have of always seeming to have a big, heartfelt laugh, easily and often. I wish you and your beautiful family a happy, healthy life as you return to Israel. xoxo Stacey Copeland | Sharone:: Strength, Beauty and Grace Sharon you are an inspiration to all women. I will always remember your beautiful smile. May your journey be filled with light and love. Your friend Sara Reyes-Ziman | Sharon, I wish all of you a great and happy journey Easy adjustment to you and the kids and most of all health and happiness. Until we meet again... Love, Sharon Tebeka (and Miki too )
17: Great Moms, Great kids, Great families..... | Sharon, I Love you!!! I will miss you!!! See you in Israel. Iris.
18: "Mika, I am going to miss you a lot. I'm glad we had so many good times together, and I will never forget you. I hope you have a great time in Israel. Your friend, Blossom | Dear Mika, I had a really good year with you. I’m going to miss you so much. I can’t wait to see you this summer. It’s going to be so much fun. Love, Lena
19: Dear Mika, I am glad we are friends. I like the eggs and the chocolate, and being with you and your baby. You are fun to me. I hope you will like Israel and that I will visit you there. Sela | "To Mika, Have a fun time in Israel, make lots of friends and dont forget me. I had fun being your friend and I will miss you." See you in Israel, Shira
20: "Adam, I will see you on face time and next summer when we go to Israel. i am glad we became friends" Solly | Dear Adam, Thank you for the books. I’m really going to miss you. Luckily I’ll be able to see you in the summer. I’m really happy for you that you’re going to see your family more often. Love, Nicholas
21: "To Adam, Have a fun time in Israel, make lots of friends and have fun. I had fun being in class with you and I will miss you." Shira
22: I’m not sure where to start. Actually, I don’t want to start. Because starting means that I’m saying goodbye and that you are really leaving, and I’ve done a damned good job staying in denial about you leaving for so long until now. And now I feel the weight of it in my heart. I suppose I’ll start at the beginning. Kindergarten. We were all running around with the kids in a new school (for most of us) and younger ones at home most of the time (most of us) and I liked you from a distance. Then Adam’s illness allowed me to be a little tiny bit more involved. As I sit here writing this I get the chills. What a hard time that was. And yet I watched you put him first every step of the way and have seen you always do what needed to be done for all of your children. Your strength, and Adam’s, have been remarkable. The years passed so quickly and I think it all really came together for us last year. The boys became friends, the girls became even better friends, and you & I began to really know each other. I just love who you are, Sharon. I respect you, enjoy you & love you. And I am finding it so difficult to imagine our day-to-day lives without you. You will be missed so much, my dear friend. More than you can imagine. I wish you a wonderful journey and transition; health, love and happiness wherever you are. And want you to know that wherever you are and wherever I am, I will always be here, your friend for life. Love, Monique
23: "Adam was Solly's first friend at Emanuel and Sharon was my first friend at Emanuel. we will miss your family and are grateful for their friendship. I have enjoyed watching Mika and Adam grow and hope to see Ella walking next summer." Tamme | Sharon, My co-conspirator in so many activities these past few years. I will miss your presence- your computer graphics know-how, your eagerness to delve into yet another school activity together, your listening and your sharing. Who will join me to satisfy my yummy food cravings? (This I might find.) And window shopping. And amusement parks with the kids. Who will show me the latest Forever 21 fashion accessories? I feel fortunate to have gotten to know you these past 4 years- such vital years- as we raised our children. I'm lucky that I have had such a good friend that I can trust, and with whom I can be comfortable and deeply laugh so frequently. I'm looking forward to our visits to Israel and your visits back to Los Angeles. I see this as a new chapter, and I'm excited to see where life takes us. I'll miss you, but I know you're no so far away! I'm glad to have have been enriched by your presence in my life! Next year in Israel! All the best to you and your family, Davina- and Ed, Madi, Charlotte, Jake and Josh
24: All things grow better with love. | I wish you a great journey to Israel and a magnificent life.. field with health and happiness... Love Farnaz
25: To Sharon and Sharone, We will miss all of you very much. As much as it is sad for us to see you go, We know that it’s going to be wonderful for you and the kids. Wishing you all the very best in a new life in Israel. We can’t wait to see you guys this summer. Lots of Love, Michal, Steve, Daniel and Naomi | To the Pomerantz Family, I'll miss you!!! Goodbye! Have fun and enjoy your new life. Kevin