Chapter 4 - Ahuva
Daniel both enjoyed and dreaded days like today. He woke up early, since he would need to travel with his father and brothers on the long journey to Egypt. He enjoyed the adventure of traveling to a different land, but he greatly missed his wife and daughter- during the time he was away from them. Daniel also dreaded the thought of having to be on a boat for a few days to get to Egypt. He never felt very safe when not on dry land.
“Mother, why couldn’t I go along this time?” Rebekah said with a face. She said the same thing the last 3 times Daniel had to make this trading trip.
“I know...” Rebekah answered. “Because it’s too dangerous and you’d miss me too much. But do you have to keep calling me ahuva? I’m too old for that name!”
Esther stopped her cleaning and came closer to Rebekah. She sat by her side and placed an arm around her shoulders, pulling her close for a long hug. “I’ll never stop calling you that. I called you ahuva when you were tiny and I felt you leap in my womb. I called you ahuva when I first held you in my arms. You will always be ahuva to me. And do you know why?”
“That’s right, Rebekah,” her mother said in a soft voice. Esther always got a bit sad when Daniel left on his trading trips, but she tried not to let Rebekah see how much she truly worried about her husband. “To your father and I, you will always be ahuva.” Esther held the embrace a little longer than she normally would, praying to God that her husband would be safe on his long journey to Egypt.
Next: The Trip to Egypt