My great friend Miriam Drori has come to ask and answer some questions which I’m delighted to hear.
Where are you? Are you here?
Once I was there. Now I’m here.
Once I was young with most of my life ahead of me. Now I’m older – some would say old – with most of my life behind me.
Once I lived in London with its tube, cold winters and anonymity. Now I live in Jerusalem with the light railway, hot summers and conviviality.
Once I lived with secrets, so hard for a child to keep. Now I can be open – a much simpler and healthier state.
Once I belonged to a minority, with all the difficulties that caused. Now I’m in the majority and happy to be so.
Once I hated religion and its laws that were so constricting. Now, having worked out where I stand on that, I’m happy with my compromise.
Once I had no partner and didn’t know if I’d find one. Now I’m settled and have been so for a long time.
Once I had no children and didn’t know if they’d come. Now I have three, all bringing joy in different ways.
Once I studied Maths, and later programmed computers. Now I write fiction.
Once I was loud and confident. Now I’m quiet and socially inept. (Oops, I seem to have taken a wrong turning there.)
Esty has a long way to go before she can find her here. But she’s taken the first step by leaving there. You can read all about this most difficult journey of her life in…
P.S. One thing I can tell you is this: your here isn’t Esty’s there. If it were, you wouldn’t be reading this.