Summer – Lake George

Our first trip to Lake George turned out better than expected.   For the first few hours we followed our original plan to finally relax, do nothing and enjoy the view.    But the breathtaking scenery and fresh mountain air inspired us to go out and try new things.

Even our dog got out of her comfort zone and swam for the first time.  Not through her own free will, but she did it and did not complain.   It took her less than a few seconds to figure out what to do, and then she just stormed to the shore like a professional athlete.  The second time she was swimming even before we put her in the water, with her eyes half closed, she moved her paws with an incredible speed.  It was hysterical.  We should have put it on YouTube and get a million hits.

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The Rain

An excerpt from “Between Friends” by Amos Oz, an amazing Israeli writer.  This short story, taken place in the kibbutz and set to the rain from start to finish, is about a devoted father who fails to challenge his 17-year-old daughter’s lover, an old friend, a man his own age.

“In the early hours, the first rain of the season began to fall on the kibbutz houses, its fields and orchards.  The fresh smell of damp earth and clean leaves filled the air.  The rain rattled along the gutters and washed the dust off the red roofs and tin sheds.  At dawn, a gentle mist enveloped the buildings, and the flowers in the gardens sparkled with beads of water.  A redundant lawn sprinkler continued its sputtering.  A child’s wet red tricycle stood diagonally across a path.  From the treetops came the sharp, astonished cries of birds.

The rain woke Nahum Asherov from a fitful sleep.  For several moments after waking, he heard tapping on the shutters as if someone had comet to tell him something.  He sat up in his bed and listened intently until he realized that the first rain had come.  Today, he’d go there, sit Edna down, look her directly in the eyes, and speak to her.  About everything.  And to David Dagan, too.  He couldn’t just let it pass.”