In character, we were asked to answer the following questions: My biggest regret is, My happiest moment ever was, This morning I saw, and I cannot die before I tell you this. I share my favourite answers below.
My happiest moment ever was when I held Isaac for the first time. I looked into his blue, blue eyes and felt G!d's blessing like a blanket, protecting us. When I looked up, the pride and pleasure in Abraham's face was like the sun. We had done it at last. We made a family. That moment, it was just the three of us and we were everything. Everything I ever wanted. Everything I'd prayed for. Everything I could imagine.
I cannot die before I tell you this:
Hagar was my friend.
I was grateful for her company from the moment she joined our camp. Her poise and presence inspired me and I told her so. I remember making challah together for shabbas. Flour-covered arms bumping as we kneaded dough. Even after Ishmael was born, after we spent careful months apart because to see her with him broke my heart, we found our stride again.
I miss her so much.