Yom rishon, 24 Sivan 5773.
That is the hardest thing for me about aliyah.
But I truly cannot complain.
I made aliyah in a time more technologically-advanced than I could have imagined when I first entertained the idea, back in the "olden days" of the early '90s. I can visit my grandchildren (even babysitting one of them briefly!) via Skype or Google Hangout. I can once again sit in the dining room of my Rabbi and Rebbetzin, chatting about Israel, and about how blown-away we are by technology.
I can spend a glorious hour on Mother's Day watching a grandson walking around in his dragon outfit, trashing his parents' house as he shows me every. toy. he. owns. (Who says you have to "be there" to drive your children crazy?)
And sometimes, on Erev Shabbat, my Soldier Boy in America can sing Shalom Aleichem and Aishet Chayil to his mother, after learning Mishnayot with his father.
You never promised us that this life would be easy, or comfortable. But in this time, You have wrapped the difficult in a lot of clearly-discernible love and compassion.
Happy 28th wedding anniversary, Dearly Beloved! Thanks for helping me to raise these amazing young men!