My oldest daughter had her Bat Mitzvah, or 12th birthday, so I decided to take her in August 2007 to Rabbi Nachman's grave in Uman as her birthday gift and also to Rabbi Natan. These are extremely holy places in the Ukraine where many Jews gather to pray. The first night there I had a very extraordinary dream (I NEVER remember any of my dreams usually). I dreamt that I was on a small fishing boat and there was a woman next to me whom I didn't look at. We caught hundreds of fish and then I saw a HUGE one, much bigger than any of the rest and took it to myself. Thereafter I woke up, and I felt as if this dream had really happened, it was unbelievably real. I told everybody that was there about the dream, but nobody knew what it was all about. So the five day vacation ended and we headed back to Israel, I still had this dream in my head.
About three months later, in November, we got a call from the Social Services saying that there was a baby boy who had been abandoned at birth in a nearby hospital. We got the call on the Monday, visited on the Tuesday and took him home on the Wednesday……….yes a three day pregnancy! Luckily I still had lots of baby things from my own kids, my youngest at that time being only four years old.
So here we are approaching Natan Shai's fourth birthday and I can honestly say that he is the best thing that ever happened to us. He has taught our family so much and continues to give us so much light and happiness. Despite all of his disabilities he is the happiest, purest soul I have ever met. He radiates love and positive energy with no end. (Besides when he's screaming all night … l.o.l.) There are no words to describe how I feel to be so privileged as to be his Mum. It is like trying to describe to someone who never saw a rainbow or the Northern Lights what it looks like.
Natan Shai is very aware and knows faces and names of the family members. He as strong preferences and understands much more than he is sometimes given credit for.