This time I had a long discussion with a different clerk, a bit younger, more my daughters' age. At first she got me nervous, because she seemed annoyed at all my questions, but once she understood how my mind was working, she began to enjoy helping me through the muddle. And when I finally got up to leave, she stood, shook my hand, told me that she enjoyed talking with me and we wished each other שנה טובה ומוצלחת Shannah Tovah u'Mutzlachat, A Good and Successful Year. I told her that I really enjoy visiting that bank, because I leave with blessings and tears in my eyes.
This has been quite a year, especially the past few months. In less than two months, my mother passed away and my youngest child got married. Cousins of mine lost both parents in just over half a year, plus a first grandchild was born to one of them, just weeks after my uncle, who would have reached the status of great-grandfather passed away. There have been some major changes in the clan as you can see.
Now we're getting to the deadline to say farewell to the Jewish Year of 5773 and to welcome 5774. May the good overwhelm the bad.
That's why I make a Holiday "fruit head."