The call came on Tuesday, "Are you available next Tuesday to come to Durham?"
Wow! What brings you to Durham?
All the information I got aligned - turns out I know the new mom's family from my days living in Queens.
One never knows what demeanor first time parents will have when facing their son's bris. But this special duo were incredibly chilled out, patient and lovely. As were their respective parents and the baby's great (or shall we say 'awesome') grandma who flew in for the bris as well.
Days like this are quite unique because my traveling is solely for the family. I was part of the family for the better part of the day, and felt part of their simcha in a manner above and beyond the normal and more typical experience.
Their "Shul" is an orthodox minyan housed in a Conservative Shul. I met the rabbi who was present at the Chapel Hill bris of three years ago - he is from Chapel Hill, not in this Durham community. Yet another reminder of the smaller side of the Jewish community here.