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Thursday, July 08, 2004

I could just bust!

I am so proud of my lovely and talented wife!

Since we moved here, she has quietly worked behind the scenes, nurturing existing relationships with her design clients back in the U.S., and cultivating new free-lance design opportunities here (all while acting as mother hen to an unruly brood).

Throughout her pregnancy… even during labor pains… when she could have been enriching herself with extra ulpan classes, tiyulim (day-trips), and socializing, she continued to spend her time and talents to create a better present (and future), for our family.

Even though she is a kick-ass designer with scads of high-profile, international design work/clientele in her portfolio, in recent years she has taken the safe road – the one which would allow her to stay closer to home, and maintain hours more conducive to routined family life.

Watching her apply her considerable talents to more ‘mundane’ design work is frustrating for me. It's like watching a Ferrari pulling a trailer up a hill, or seeing a jet fighter being used for crop dusting. She never complains… but I know that she has been secretly ‘chomping-at-the-bit’ for some design-related work to make her soul sing the way it did when she was a passionate, idealistic Fine Arts student.

Well, yesterday Zahava was given the opportunity to spread her wings a little bit. She was offered a position in an undergraduate college in Jerusalem, teaching Graphic Design!

She’s not exactly unhitching the trailer from the Ferrari or taking the fighter jet out for aerobatics… but she is going to have the opportunity to bring her burning passion for design to a group of equally passionate young artists. In her new role she will get to speak in absolutes, and demonstrate ideals, instead of having to compromise because some client doesn’t have the budget (or the design sense) to let her 'do the right thing’ for a project.

The new hours will still allow her to be the 'mother hen' that she wants to be. But the intellectual/artistic stimulation of this teaching position will (hopefully) give her the opportunity to stretch her wings and soar to the heights of her full potential.

Congratulations sweetie… I couldn’t be prouder!

Posted by David Bogner on July 8, 2004 | Permalink


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First - verily, congratulations to your wife! I wonder where she takes all the energy from, from your descriptions, she must be a roaring ball of energy.
Secondly - the comparison of a wife to a Ferrari...

Posted by: mademoiselle a. | Jul 8, 2004 12:13:00 PM

Mazal Tov to your wife - it is so difficult to balance family and career - I'm currently helping my fiancee to make her decisions and see how difficult it is for her.
Shabbat Shalom


Posted by: Gil Ben Mori | Jul 8, 2004 12:51:05 PM

Hookeydokey! Here we go again. :-)

[I feel like GWB's handlers who constantly have to explain what he meant]

For the record, I was NOT comparing my wife to a Ferrari. I was making a creative reference to anyone, or anything that is not being allowed to do what it, or they, have the potential to do.

Oh, and Gil...NEVER try to help your fiance (or any other person missing a 'Y' chromosome) make a decision. No good can come of it.

There... now can someone PLEASE peel me a grape? :-)

Posted by: David | Jul 8, 2004 12:51:58 PM

There's nothing more attractive than a supportive husband....

Posted by: Allison | Jul 8, 2004 2:44:28 PM

;-) Oh! HOW I blush, kind sir!!!!!

Posted by: zahava | Jul 8, 2004 2:46:05 PM

yay for zahava!
(and yay for david to compare his wife to such a sexy sexy car)

Posted by: lisa | Jul 8, 2004 3:17:19 PM

Mazal tov and best wishes with the new job!

Posted by: 1rabbi | Jul 8, 2004 7:42:58 PM

Congratulations! Best wishes to you both!

Posted by: Gail | Jul 9, 2004 3:50:25 AM

Yay, Zahava! There's nothing more wonderful than being able to put one's creativity to use on a daily basis AND get paid for doing it. Mazal Tov!

Posted by: jennifer | Jul 9, 2004 10:55:31 PM

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