There are a lot of things I thought I wasn’t cut out for and as I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized just how untrue that was. My heart has definitely grown more in the past several months. I mentioned to a friend today that I’ve really gotten “soft,” meaning I’ve become more sappy and sentimental. I think I’ve become a little less cynical, which feels weird to acknowledge. Rabbi Stern pointed out that there have been all kinds of births going on for me, like the birth of who I am without my mom in my life and this new chapter with my boyfriend and his family. I hadn’t thought of it like that.