Sunday, August 2, 2009

OII #16- Moving In

So, we moved in. Which was wonderful. But, here comes a series of unfortunate events.

Firstly, unfortunately, that means we also had to move out again, as our new apartment desperately needs a coat of paint. But, we did move in for a couple of days and started to set up.

The second unfortunate event was that we did not have any appliances. Yep. Besides for a microwave and a hot pot, all our appliances were ordered before Tisha B'Av, but weren't allowed to be delivered until after such day. So, we were stuck.

I decided to go shopping, and pick up some items that we could eat even without an oven or a stove top. Examples might be peanut butter, tuna, crackers, drinks, and those ever present 'Mana Rishona', the little Tradition Soup like instant soups that are so popular here. Except, they also have instant pasta, potatoes, and ravioli. Yum.

So, we prepared to heat up our instant supper, when the third unfortunate event occurred. Our hot pot didn't work. So, we had no hot water for anything.

I went up to my upstairs neighbor, who I had briefly met. (She is also a ganenet, and she also has 7 kids. Remember my old neighbor with the same situation!) I asked if I could have some hot water. She looked me up and down, and proceeded to serve me a delicious supper to bring down to Mr. NMF. As I protested the generosity, she had her daughters carry it down for me, complete with plates and silverware. And, I had only met this woman that day!

When I arrived home, another sight greeted me! Mr. NMF was holding another tray of food, also complete with silverware. Another generous neighbor had dropped off a plate, thinking we would be starving.

And so it continued. A welcoming committee brought us more meals, a neighbor invited us over to eat before the fast, and my wonderful upstairs neighbor brought us delicious waffles after the fast.

Moving into a new neighborhood may bring a series of unfortunate events. But, thank G-d we have wonderful neighbors to help us weather it! \

Kudos to all those who do the same in communities everywhere!

9 comments:

Dude with hat (aka BTS) said...

There've been a lot of talks that it's time to move to Eretz Yisroel due to the events happening here (nothing to do with zionism though) so I was thinking how easy/hard it will be for someone like me in case i decide to drop everything and move. Now this post have brought me to better thoughts than the ones I had before! Thanks a lot!

itsagift said...

Wow! How special! I am so happy for you that you have neighbors who are helping make the move a bit easier for you!
Hatzlacha with the rest :)

corner point said...

I absolutely LOVE this post!

I'm sorry that you had a series of unfortunate events (remember Lemony Snicket?) but look what wonderful things came out of them that wouldn't have had they not happened!

What wonderful neighbors. Your family is very lucky :-D

tesyaa said...

Very, very nice. I remember when we moved in there was a plate of homemade cookies delivered that evening. I still remember them ... they had white chocolate chips and Craisins ... yum

Anonymous said...

Mazel and brocha on your move - your neighbours are clearly very much in the framework of kol yisrael areivim zeh lazeh!
Hope the appliance deliveries go smoothly.
Anon613-London

nmf #7 said...

BTS- So happy this post helped- and looking forward to seeing you in Israel soon!

Itsagift- Thanks! Yeah, it's a great block with wonderful neighbors.

CP- Thanks! And, I was basing it on Lemony Snicket (no, I only read the first one).

Tesyaa- See! It's the little things, like the plate of cookies when you first come, that still make an impact years later.

Anon613- Thanks! Paint job finished today, so the appliances should arrive soon- maybe in time for us to make our first Shabbos!

Qtap said...

It's things like this that make me just want to live in Israel. Not that I don't already, but really. Jews are just so awesome, the way they care for each other.

nmf #7 said...

Qtap- So true. And, we do care- Kol Yisroel Arevim Zeh L'Zeh.

Baila the Organizer said...

We try to plan as well as we can to make a move as smooth as possible - but 'stuff' somehow happens to happen. May it be all downhill from here.