the shortest, longest year of my life

In a perfect world, I would have written an extensive, detailed reflection by now. I’ve sat down a variety of times over the last week to try to pull something together, but continuously found myself too emotional, distracted, or overwhelmed. As one could imagine, summing up a year (or 339 days to be exact) is not particularly easy. But I do feel that it would be a disgrace to leave this blog without a closing note, so here I am to give you a few last words.

Predominantly, I would like to thank you for following me along on this journey. I won’t lie, writing the blog has been a challenge. It’s much like writing in a diary— exciting when you start and progressively more daunting to keep up with as weeks and months go by. Still, the accountability I had to you all forced me to process and preserve many of my thoughts and experiences, something I know I will be immensely grateful for as years pass and my time in Israel becomes more distant.

Already as I type this, sitting aboard Jet Blue, flying above Nebraska, Israel is becoming more distant. This feeling breaks my heart in all the right kind of ways. Israel was the shortest, longest, best year of my life. I feel blessed to have had an experience that is so hard to walk away from. I feel equally lucky to have a beautiful place, a loving family and an incredible group of friends to come back to. What more could a human ask for?

I love you each and can’t wait to see you soon.

Cass

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3 comments

  1. Rebecca Kieler · June 30, 2017

    Welcome home Cassidy! You have don an amazing job of taking us with you and of letting me personally feel like I know you! Thank you for your effort, I know you will be glad for the documented memories! I do hope to see you soon! Rebecca

    On Fri, Jun 30, 2017 at 9:38 AM, a year from here wrote:

    > cassidycraford posted: “In a perfect world, I would have written an > extensive, detailed, reflection by now. I’ve sat down a variety of times > over the last week to try to pull something together, but continuously > found myself too emotional, distracted, or overwhelmed. As one coul” >

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  2. Carrie · June 30, 2017

    Welcome home Cassidy! Proud of you and want to say thank you for sharing your adventure with us.

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  3. carolyn · July 1, 2017

    Always a beautifully written blog. It was such a pleasure to share your journey. But, it is also so good to have you back on Ray Ave. Missed your smiling face and gentle ways. Welcome home ! I hope that the transition will be an easy one. It takes time and patience .
    Love you,
    Carolyn

    c

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