The nest is empty, the upkeep on the property
takes up too much or our hours and dollars, and we are busy with our respective
schedules and not putting the property (real and chattel) to all the uses we
did during the childrearing phase of our marriage. And the realty taxes here on Long Island
promise quite credibly to continue to rise well ahead of the inflation
rate. All this, and recent memories of
what we had to do when our parents could no longer safely live in homes where
they respectively abided for 40+ years, got me and my wife thinking. And so, almost three years ago, we made the
decision to downsize ourselves on our own schedule and terms, instead of being
subjected to the trauma of having the move imposed upon us by circumstances largely
beyond our control.
We then began the process of downsizing and
fixing up our house in preparation for sale.
Tag sales, Craig's Listings, private deals, and simple giveaways reduced
the volume of our chattel possessions significantly. And then, last fall, we placed the house on
the market, and, after a few false starts, entered into what now appears most
strongly to be a viable deal for the sale of our house. The closing date for the deal has yet to be
determined, but is slated for a one-month time window that starts in two
weeks; the buyers still have some financing and timing issue details to work
I began this Blog back in 2005, the handle "Expatriate Owl" carried
(and continues to carry) certain connotations relating to certain incidents and
issues from my personal past. Those who
were familiar with me at the relevant moments appreciate the humor in the name
selection; it's one of those "had to have been there to understand
few days ago we finished observing the Passover (Pesach) holiday. The first two nights (outside the Land of
Israel; in Israel it is only the first night) are marked by the Seder
meal. The Seder ritual concludes with
the words "Next Year in Jerusalem" ("L'Shana HaBa'a
B'Yerushalayim" in Hebrew).
name "Expatriate Owl" is now on the verge of acquiring a new and
concurrent meaning. The odds of us
eating the Passover Seder meal in the Holy City of Jerusalem next year have,
over the past few weeks, markedly increased.
decision to downsize has had paybacks, inasmuch as we, having already begun the
process, were quite well situated to jump at some sudden unforeseen developments. A certain very special e-mail message was
received and has now been answered. Some
professional opportunities for both me and my wife, barely if at all imagined
or imaginable by us just a few months ago, have now advanced well beyond the
pipedream stage and are now in the process of converging together, and come
summer (or even sooner), G-d willing, we will be based in Israel for what likely
will be an extended period (though we do expect some return visits to the
States for either and/or both of us on various future occasions).
alluded to in recent postings, we have been quite busy, not only with our current
professional issues and with the sale of the house, but with making this
transition happen. Now things promise to
get even busier. The contract of sale
for the house needs to be consummated, our goods need to be packed and shipped,
and the bureaucracies need to be navigated to do things like making the
appropriate employment and visa arrangements.
son has already been in Israel for a while, and our desire to close the
geography and communications gap with him obviously plays into in the mix. Indeed, with his boots on the ground there,
and the power of attorney document in his hand, he has already begun to make
preparations for our arrival.
look forward to it all with some anxiousness, but certainly with far more
excitement and enthusiasm than trepidation.
And understand that this is a trade-off of money for adventure; our
household income can be expected to decrease somewhat during our residency
abroad (though measures have already begun to significantly reduce the risks of
our becoming totally impecunious in the process).
while our planned residence is not in direct proximity to the Holy City of
Jerusalem, there is a good chance that one or more of our friends there will
invite us for the Passover Seder next year.
If so, then the aspiration of Next Year in Jerusalem will become a
reality for us.
Labels: Careers, Israel, Jerusalem