‘My Mom Fell On a Cactus’ – An Australian Love Story

That’s actually how she met my dad. It would be a completely typical Australian love story if not for an extra twist: we don’t think it was an accident. — Humans of Jerusalem

“My mom once fell on a cactus. That’s actually how she met my dad. It would be a completely typical Australian love story if not for an extra twist—we don’t think it was an accident. Both their parents had moved to Australia from Syria and Egypt after WWII, and they had grown up together. My mom always had a crush on my dad, but he was seven years older and barely noticed her. That’s where the cactus came in—he was studying to be a physician, and when she “fell”, it was my dad who bandaged her up. She will deny it for the rest of her life, but seriously, who accidentally falls on a cactus?”.

About the Author
Simcha Jessel is a Canadian-born journalist currently residing in Jerusalem. Recently discharged from the army, he is now focusing his attention on his world-famous project, Humans of Jerusalem, in which he shares stories from his encounters in Jerusalem and worldwide. His passions include photography, traveling, beer & Doctor Who.
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