I wrote this post while sitting in the library on July 20.
Last Friday (July 12) Yitzchak went to the store. We kept Shlomo home just in case there was a siren, because his gan doesn’t have a shelter. But, what to do? As I said previously, I can’t carry him down. So Shlomo and I played outside during the heatwave, for an hour and a half, so that we would be withing Shlomo’s running distance of the shelter.
*We canceled a meeting in a neighboring city on July 10, because of the possibility of a siren while on the road, and not wanting to leave Shlomo in gan while both of us went to the meeting. It’s not that we never have this concern about both of us being out of the city while Shlomo is in gan, but this time was a tad different, if you get what I mean. So we canceled.
*Before we leave the house, we go through the route in our heads, to make sure that there will always be a shelter within a few seconds from us, no matter where we are on the route.
*Before Yitzchak goes to the store in the evening, we think twice. What if there’s a siren while he’s gone?
*Yitzchak measured the amount of time it takes him to bound up the stairs. If he’s at the bottom and runs to the top to get Shlomo, will we still have time before our minute is up?
*Yesterday (Shabbat, July 19) after the siren, our neighbors wondered whether they should walk their dog or if there would be another siren. I errantly said that we usually had a few hours in between sirens, so it should be fine. They left, and about ten minutes later I felt stupid for giving them bad advice.
*I’m sitting in the library (July 20), waiting for a long time to receive my 2-step verification code from Gmail. I have a project to finish. Behind me, the librarians are setting up an area for some kind of slideshow or video. They debate whether to move the tables in the back of the room to somewhere else, just in case everyone has to run out of the room.
The irony of planning life around whether or not there will be a siren. We don’t change everything, because we can’t change everything, because you can’t just stop life in the middle. But it’s the little changes in thinking, planning, and how we do things that are the most poignant examples of what it’s like to live under threat of rockets.
Anybody who would like to help families closer to Gaza – those who have between fifteen seconds and a minute, and suffer rocket attacks several times a day, can take a look at Janglo‘s list of things to do to help. There are also options for helping soldiers and helping the families of the reservists who were called up.