GOODY TWO SHOES MOVES HOUSE
We have moved house, a temporary move about 5 km away, almost on the same road that runs in a straight line from Jerusalem to Hebron. If there were no buildings or trees and I had exceptionally good eyesight I could lean from my balcony and see my new place of residence. Our old house is undergoing renovations which includes a new roof.
As we live on the top floor so we had to find a place to stay for a few months...builders months. I hope to be moved back in by Christmas!
Although the move was relatively close on the same road, I actually changed worlds.
The language changed from Hebrew to Arabic, the people looked different, noises changed, religion changed and to get from my old house to my new house I have to go through a military checkpoint and show my I.D. , there are less insects here but more dust due to less greenery and less water (I am told there will be a water shortage soon).
I have been thinking about this water shortage and its inevitability and what I will do.
I shall take my bags of dirty laundry to my son and daughter in law who live near my old house where there is an abundance of water...on the other side of the checkpoint. My dirty laundry bags can pass easily from side to side without an I.D. more easily than my neighbours near my new house. This seems ridiculous, dirty laundry has more freedom than people. Some friends recently flew a dog from Bethlehem to USA, it even got a passport. That also struck me as unfair, a stray dog can emigrate to USA with a valid passport whilst my Palestinian friends can not even follow my dirty laundry to Jerusalem.
So much to think about living on this side of the checkpoint.
A visitor came to welcome me into my new lodgings (even if they are a few temporary
builders months). She brought me a thoughtful gift, something practical, something she had found very useful living in this area, a candle with rhubarb crumble smell for when the tear gas comes into the house, quite effective she said for combating the smell of the SKUNK https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butanethiol sprayed at the windows. 'Good luck' she said.
I am in awe of people here. I am humbled. If I ever thought I knew....I didn't. Their amazing ability to adjust to worsening conditions and remain cheerful.
Thought: Walk a mile (or two) in somebody else's shoes............yes Goody Two Shoes should take hers off and put somebody else's shoes on for a mile (or two).
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