Shabat preparations in Red Alert mood

Friday has arrived. This week it took a bit longer than usually. In the past 3 days the kindergartens were closed, so the children were at home. So we had to be working from home to take care of them. Needless to say that they both went crazy of the boredness.

Our fortified room is on the ground floor, so is the saloon, the kitchen and we have toilette as well. We all slept in the fortified room on matrices so we never had to worry being too far. But there is one thing we can only do in the upper floor: having a shower or make a bath for the kids.

We decided to prepare everything and wash the two kids separately, so in case of a rocket alarm one of us will be able to pick the child from the bathroom in the towel and run to the fortified room. I finished with Nadav, he went down and sent Alma up. I prepared her clothes then Hila shouted from downstairs to wait because she heard a rocket alarm from the nearby Ashdod. She was right, 5 seconds later we heard the alarm in Gan Yavne. Fortunately Alma was still dry so we could walk down to the fortified room.

Now there’s one even more complicated thing to do: have a shower ourselves. When you’re in the closed bathroom you could probably hardly hear the alarms but for sure you wouldn’t notice it when you’re under the shower with the water pouring on your head. So I can only have a shower when Hila is in “alert mode” watching out for the alarms. In case it would happen she would need to run upstairs to notify me then run downstairs and take the children to the basement. I would need to get out from the shower and run down with a towel wrapped around me. Fortunately at least it’s not cold now, in the winter it would be even worse.

So I started my things in the bathroom. First shaving. Then shower. You try to do it as fast as you can. But there are some things that might catch you unprepared: how do you wash your hair and ears? If you do it as usually, and an alarm comes while you’re washing your ears with your fingers, you might have 10 seconds when you wouldn’t even hear if someone is calling you from just the other side of the bathroom door. This took me some seconds to figure out. So I thought I’ll do everything side-by-side.

I know it sounds crazy, and it is. We have 45 seconds to get safely into our fortified room, which is enough if you’re prepared, you’re not sitting in the toilette in the middle of something that can’t be stopped, and you hear The alarm in time. If I wouldn’t hear it for 10 seconds it would leave me 30 which is probably still enough – and I might even get downstairs safely without braking my neck while slipping on the stairs with wet barefoot – I’m just saying crazy reality makes you think about crazy things.

So far everything is OK with us. Nobody knows how long it will take this time. A few more days or weeks. We’ll get used to it. The children do as well. No psychologist would ever tell 30 years from now what they went through – unless a motorbike passes by next street…

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