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Dear Natalie,

I bought my plane tickets today. I told Gary that I'm going to Israel. He was actually excited for me. He said that he will miss me, but he wouldn't want me to miss such a great opportunity. I was shocked and quite touched. I am still so used to my decisions being trivialized by my ex. Often, when I would tell him about something good for me that I had finally decided to do, like taking my first interior design course, he would repeat one of his favorite sayings: "That and a dollar bill will get you a cup of coffee." What kept me with him for so long?

Don't bother to answer that question. Thank G-d I finally had the courage to go it alone. Well, I am not quite alone. Gary is wonderful. Did I tell you that he has received awards as a detective? He has solved 'cold' cases. I guess his most famous case was the murder in White Plains about 20 years ago of an elderly couple in their apartment. Do you remember? The case was on the local New York news last year. Gary was the detective. I'll tell you the details when we are together.

I can't wait until we are together. Make sure you don't go to meet that mystery woman again until I get there. I don't want to miss any possible adventures. Just stay busy shopping and seeing museums.

Gary and I went to the Bronx Zoo and saw the Panda Bears. Isn't this one cute?

Love, Maggie

Maggie Gets Ready to Join Natalie in Israel

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Dear Maggie,

Thanks for the support about being intact spiritually. However, I still think I am missing something that these other people at the Western Wall know about. I know once you are here we will figure it out.

Tell me more about Gary. I want to know everything. Well, almost everything!

There is nothing new to tell you about David. All is the same. He is busy. He loves every minute of being a guest professor! He is up at dawn. He leaves. He comes back to pick me up for dinner or not, depending on the evening events. That's it. Tell me, did I ever think that David was exciting? I can't remember. Mmmm. Is Gary exciting? I want to know more. Don't get me wrong. David is a good man and a good husband and a good father. It is just that he is so predictable.

Maybe I am just lonely. Once you get here all will change. We will have such fun: shopping and going to museums and going down to the Dead Sea, floating for hours and getting massages and who knows, maybe we will have an adventure!

Remember in college when we decided we would have an adventure and that we would follow the most interesting person we saw in Copley Square for at least an hour? We couldn't decide who to follow. You wanted to follow the beautiful tall thin girl that looked like a dancer, with loose blond hair flowing down to her waist. I wanted to follow the man with the giant mustache carrying a strange black briefcase. But we wanted to stay together for our adventure. Finally, we gave up on a decision and went to Brigham's for ice cream. We never knew what happened to either person.

Did you ever wonder why some people have exciting adventures and other people seem to have flat, boring lives? Maybe it is because the people with boring lives don't see an adventure when it comes right up to them? Maybe adventurous people are always looking out of the corner of their eyes for an adventure?

What do you think?

I'm going to look out of the corner of my eyes from now on and not miss a thing. Maybe I will find an adventure for both of us. Maybe something fascinating is about to happen. I'm sending you a picture of downtown Jerusalem at night. Actually it is a picture of a side street that looks like a dark alley. I bet a lot of mysterious adventures could happen down an alley like this!

Love, Natalie.

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