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Where We Were Then

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Yesterday, we took a ride to a home we had lived in a long time ago. The year was 1973, nearly a half century of elapsed time, impossible to believe! The memories are so clear and sharp, so totally recognizable.

The route to our former address was a braiding of the familiar and the unfamiliar. Some of the landmarks, of course, were as we remembered and some went back many centuries. Some were new neighborhoods, like the one where we hang our masks today.

We drove on an express highway, avoiding much of the tremendous city traffic that had just not existed then. In those days there were certainly cars but not really traffic. And who would have wanted an express road that would be so pareve? Then we could go where we wanted when we wanted and never have to factor in traffic jams. Never. And we’d see the sights and the sites, with their history, beautiful, or routine, or sometimes devastating.

And in those days, parking was never an issue. We went where we wanted and knew we could park for free easily.

From the mundane to that shattered peace on an October Yom Kippur, a tragic event, an unnecessary reminder that beauty and new friends and old aa see historic places could often come with a price. So we prayed for the chayalim and did the little we could, which was very little indeed.

And as those memories poured........

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