So, I’ve had a busy few weeks, but more particularly, this past week has been extremely eventful. How?
1) Last Monday morning the phone and internet (we have dial-up) didn’t work. The phone company came on Tuesday to fix it; it worked for that night, but in the morning, it worked no longer. Then I called the company, and they said that really it’s the campus’ responsibility and not theirs. So, we contacted the people in charge of upkeep on campus. Then the campus upkeep people said it’s not their responsibility. In the end, they came this morning (Monday) and did a few fixes that will hopefully keep for a while. However, it turns out is IS the phone company’s responsibility, and not theirs. Oops.
2) Right after Shabbat started (Friday evening), an air-raid siren went off. We ran to the bomb shelter, waited while they opened it, dashed inside, heard the boom (and then the ambulances) and then went back to normal. Well, if you can go back to normal after a scare like that. And, we’re lucky. We have a whole minute and a half to get into the bomb shelter before the rocket(s) fall(s). There are places in Israel that only have fifteen seconds – or none at all.*
3) We walked up to friends of ours for Shabbat dinner. Then, in the morning, we walked to my cousin’s for lunch. We got there late. And the whole time we were walking, we were scanning the roads to find the best place to go if another air-raid siren went off. Luckily, it didn’t.
4) Sleepless nights, anyone? There are eight bumps in Shlomo’s mouth – four in the back (molars), and four in the front (canines or premolars). Needless to say, he hasn’t been a happy camper and hasn’t slept well, or had an appetite. Oh, and he soaked through his diaper last night, and didn’t want to go back to sleep after we changed him. He finally went back to sleep at 3:30am. I think he woke up an hour prior to that. Sigh.
5) Yitzchak has to stay out till 7:00pm this week. We thought this stint was scheduled for last week, so he stayed out late two for long days, but it turned out to be this week. The good side: He gets more accomplished. The bad side: Shlomo goes to sleep at 6:30 or 7:00, so if Yitzchak only gets back at 7:45, they won’t see each other. Unless, that is, I take Shlomo out to see Yitzchak. Or Yitzchak gets permission to come back early. And Shlomo hates it when he wakes up from his nap and Dad (we call him Abba) isn’t there. He gets very mad, very upset, and very cranky.
6) ME DO IT! Did I mention that every meal is a headache because Shlomo has to feed himself? And if he doesn’t, then he throws a fit. But, if he does, then it becomes a mess-making game . . . that I have to clean up.
7) My friend’s husband got an emergency draft order. He has three little kids (5, 2, and 1 years old). Luckily, he won’t be going into Gaza – but Sh’chem (Nablus, I think, in English) isn’t too safe, either. And he’s not sure when they’ll let him off duty. Luckily, her MIL is staying with them in the meantime to help with the kids while their father is away. I’m not sure she’d have had any chance of getting to a bomb shelter in time if her MIL hadn’t been there to help.
8) Yitzchak is talking obsessively about air raids and ballistic missiles. Needless to say, it wears me out. He deals with stress by talking obsessively about the physics and statistics of it. I deal with stress by talking about what I’m worried about, doing what I can, and then ignoring the subject. Obviously, these two strategies are at odds with each other. So instead, he calls Jack and texts (using his expensive, roaming, American cell phone) his parents, and asks them to call him back. Then he talks to them, in my earshot, about all of this – and obviously, none of the housework gets done, because both of us are too preoccupied and stressed to do it.
And all this is in addition to work, housework, and baby games. I guess I should just feel lucky that I don’t have air-raid sirens every day, right?
*Apparently, the Home Front Command (pikud ha’oref) has not updated their English map. The one you see was for 2009; they have since changed the amount of time that citizens in some areas have before the missiles fall. The Hebrew map, also linked in this post, has the correct times.