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December 30th – early morning check-in + evening update

early morning:

One Red Alert last night.

We heard the boom, not sure where it landed.

My daughter slept in one of the protected Children’s Houses last night. It was a spur of the moment decision. She was going to hang out with her friends who’d already spent the previous night there, and she decided to stay.

The morning news relays info about casualties in Ofakim, Ashdod and rocket fire up in Yavneh and Ashkelon.

Right here in Nir-Oz, the morning’s been relatively quiet.  There’s no school today. I’m in contact with a few of my students. Most are not feeling the need to talk to me, their teacher! (What a surprise). But still, I’ll send them messages to remind them that English exists, still.

Take care. Those of you in Otef Azza or out of the country, post your comments or questions.

Judih   6:56 a.m. 30/12/08

Evening update: 19:25 30/12/08

It’s been a day.  On a morning walk through the kibbutz to check out a potential protected space for the evening T’ai Chi, I visited my daughter. She’d just arisen from a night sleeping on wall-to-wall mattresses with the ‘Neurim‘ (kids from 7th – 12th grades) in the Children’s House.  She had slept well.  They’d been reassured by the security head of the Kibbutz who had dropped by to explain the sounds they were hearing, and the Night Guard  who fortified himself with tea while making his rounds.

My son was also among the crowd.

Invitations to leave the area

The kids were issued two invitations to spend the next few days in other locations – one further South and one up North. My kids weren’t terribly interested in leaving, but after a group brainstorm and the possibility of spending a less tense New Year’s Eve, they both decided to go.

“Tzeva Adom”

On Nir-Oz, the day included one “Tzeva Adom” and a few loud booms. My friend was out walking her dog on another kibbutz when the Tzeva Adom alarm went off. She ran for cover among some huge concrete pipes, with her dog cooperatively lying on top of her. She heard a whizz and saw a rocket land on the kibbutz Dining Room. No injuries. She was quite sure of that because there was no sign of an ambulance. She, herself, was out of breath from her super fast sprint and the reality of what she’d seen and how close she’d been.

Life goes on.

T’ai Chi is about to commence. People are coming from a few different kibbutzim,  wanting to come together for this peaceful, self-balancing regenerator. Our teacher made it clear that he would come to teach no matter how many people would show up. He’s a provider of sanity for so many and for so many years.

Hopefully a photo to come of this incredible man who has helped us cope with various degrees of tension from war and anxiety for the past 14 years.

Stay safe.



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