People-watching in a mirror.

Waiting for my mom at the airport this morning, I got to engage in the curious ritual that is people-watching. Airport arrival halls are the best places to people-watch.

This pre-holiday Friday morning was even more interesting.

One family particularly stood out to me. I watched a middle-aged couple – probably around my mother’s age – walk out through the sliding doors of customs and scan the crowd. At one point the woman smiled enormously and began waving. A youngish couple – maybe in their late 20s – waved back with similar smiles and began walking towards them. The mother and daughter embraced wildly (because now it was clear, these were the young woman’s parents) while the father and son-in-law patted backs. Questions were flung around and the family, reunited, as they walked off towards the exit.

The family was speaking American English. The scene was so familiar to me, I wanted to cry.

The daughter made aliyah, maybe a few years ago. She met another Anglo oleh and they decided to literally build a bayit ne’aman b’Yisroel. Her parents had either never been to Israel or had visited only once or twice before she made aliyah; they are still a bit awkward about coming here. But they come – maybe once every other year when their adult children don’t visit the States.

The woman reminded me of my own mother so much, and the daughter was all me. I’m not alone in this world of aliyah; I never thought I was but sometimes it’s hard to remember, even when surrounded by other olim.

I held back my tears and turned back to the sliding doors, waiting for my mom and already smiling.


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  1. crunchyjew Avatar

    I’m loving the descriptive snippet of life style in the posts about your mom coming. Btw, tell her I say hi ;-)

  2. Ehav Ever Avatar

    What a nice description of what you saw. My mother and some other family should be coming to visit me next yea sometime so I imagine will also have my day like that.

  3. amechad Avatar

    Enjoy your mom.

    Heh, you’re a better kid than me. When my in-laws come, we just make them take a sherut. (My parents have yet to come … perhaps they are like yours, as my father only came here once because I was here several years ago, prior to my aliya … but when they come, they too will be taking a sherut). Of course that’s what I do and I don’t have a car…

  4. eliesheva Avatar


    Yeah I hear that – I don’t have a car either but my mom comes alone and without Hebrew and I don’t have the heart to let her do that on her own.

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