So we stayed around Jerusalem. On the plus side we'll be able to get through our list of things to do here. Today we went to Yad Lakashish, Lifeline for the Old. It's such a wonderful place. We had a tour and spent lots of money. After we took the LRT to Machane Yehuda to pick up lunch- hot pitot, hummus, techina, tomatoes, celery, and pickles. Back on the LRT, we picniced in Teddy Park, a new park outside the Jaffa Gate. We sat on a grassy hill overlooking a new municipal fountain. Beautiful and modern, there was a Roman era house excavated and restored just below and the walls of the Old City above. AMAZING! A walk through Yemim Moshe and then back to the Kfar. Before we left, we lay on the grass. Keren wanted to wait an hour for the fountain to start up again. Sean and Gavi were ready to head back. Me- I said to Sean, "I don't care. I'm here in a beautiful park in Jerusalem. I happy just to breathe the air."
Back at the Kfar, Wayne, my cousin, and I sat in the entrance to the mirpeset (porch/deck) watching his tortoise eat some of our leftover celery. We were interrupted by the azakah (sirens announcing the missiles). In the Kfar we have 2 full minutes to get to the miklat. Here, the miklat is inhabited by a tortoise and a turtle in a pond. We, Wayne, Lilach, Gavi, Keren, Sean, the tortoise, the turtle, and I listened to the news as we stood/sat among the hay. (Most don't have hay. Our miklat is special.) We heard Iron Dome deployed; waited our time, and headed back out, merely inconvenienced, for dinner and ice cream. For us this is just one small moment in time. For others this has become life.
The kids are great. The sound of Iron Dome startled them, as did us all, but they let the experience roll off their backs. Even with all that's going on they feel safe in their nation.