- Posted November 12, 2012 by
Western Negev, Eshkol Region, Israel
Living with Rude Awakenings
That is what woke us this morning. And after a wake up call like that – followed by alarm after alarm – barely leaving time to pour yourself a cup of coffee to take with you on the next sprint to the safe room, it isn’t easy to function. As a teacher, whose schedule was suddenly freed up with the cancellation of today’s lessons, I looked forward to being able to take advantage of this new-found time to make a dent in the piles of work that taunt me from my desk. However, on a day which wakes you up running for cover in your safe room, it is not easy to concentrate. I found myself at the computer, trying to work – but constantly checking the news alerts, peeking at the tv – trying to see what fell, where and why and how. Focus does not come easily when your sleep has been disturbed and equilibrium thrown.
We have had no alerts since the morning, and the silence that surrounds me is almost deafening. I do not perceive it as a calming silence, though, rather as the quiet before the storm. A storm which could follow at any time ….. or it could hold off for a day, a week, a month. But come, it will. So now, the biggest decision I have to make is: do I go to sleep in my bedroom, or in my safe room? Do I let them win, and let fear rule me? No. My bedroom beckons – and so – I go.