Despite the fact that this summer is nearing, last summer’s war with Hamas still reverberates with the people of Israel and its scars – both physical and psychological – still show. Israeli mother and Times of Israel editor Sarah Tuttle-Singer writes about the toll that war has taken on her family and her country:
Nine months since the war last summer.
And still, we line our shoes by the door just in case we have to run again, like we did so many nights, over earth, dry and cracked — the little one fell, the scar still there on his knee. Look carefully, just below the thigh.
Their shoes wait: From sandals to rainboots to sneakers, now… And sandals again soon as summer rolls around. Only one size bigger because children grow.
(Each day takes us further from the last war, but closer to the next.)
And the fear is always there for me, even when I laugh with all my teeth. But I never turn the music to full volume because we can’t afford to miss the siren, and miss that chance to run…
And today, I walked by one of the many bomb shelters that dot our fields and our valleys, that fill our cities and our mountains. And behind this door — this very door — the teachers in my son’s preschool transformed this cold grey space into a classroom, with plastic cars and fuzzy bears, with books and puzzles, and a bubble machine, so that life could go on as normally as possible while the rockets fell and the sirens wailed.
They planted seeds, the children and the teachers, during that stretch of time when no one strayed far from any shelter…
But the shelters stand. Thank God they’re empty, but Thank God they’re there… but still…. while stone and metal stays the same, look how the flowers grow.