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  1. Yesterday morning when I initially started to write a list about what I wanted to post, all 7 of the quick takes had to do with how wonderful my visit home has been. You see, I had an unexpected opportunity to make a brief, though wonderful visit in my native Ireland, staying in Cork. Cork is what I call home in Ireland, though I was born in Galway. about 20 minutes after landing I ordered at Starbucks in my finest Cork accent… without even thinking.
  2. I stayed at a Bed&Breakfast owned and run by my aunt and uncle. It’s a lovely Victorian building with a nice breakfast/lunch room, comfortable rooms and a clean freak of an owner who checks each room with black light between guests after the cleaning. I think Gordon Ramsay would approve. Of course the place is regularly booked full, so Mr. Ramsay would have no business there. Anyway, what I wanted to share about it is that there was a little desk in my room, that is, in fact, the table part of an 1905 Singer sewing machine. The machine itself is in the decorative box in the room, and put together it’s a fully functional sewing machine. I remember playing with the treadle of my great-grandma’s sewing machine when I was a child. Sure enough, after a close inspection I found my name that I carved into that machine with a needle. A piece of my childhood in the bread and breakfast.
  3. One of the great things about flying private was the no weight limit for my luggage. So in addition to all the comfort foods that came home with me I also had the opportunity to bring half of the inventory of a used bookstore home. In two trips I spent around €200 and filled two huge cases with books. I have no idea where I’ll put them, but now we have all the English books we’ll ned for a long time.
  4. Here would have come some cute stories from shopping and the visit to Blarney and the pub, but instead I’m going to write about how Kevin, Eli and Bella had their first “real” air raid siren experience  when Hamas targeted the Tel Aviv area for the first time since 1991. My Facebook friend’s daughter wrote a letter to her dad asking him why he went to work when there were 12 rockets fired at their home town, Ashdod. All in all, over 500 rockets were fired at Israel from Gaza since Wednesday. There were more before that, as well. During a ceasefire, rockets were showering in the South.
  5. I arrived in Tel Aviv just in time to experience another red alert. Even though I have been through this before, it still made my heart want to jump out of my rib cage. I was really happy to be able to hug my children as I finally made it home.
  6. Among the reservists called up there are three of my siblings, my SIL, the boyfriend of my son and the boyfriend of a dear friend… they are the ones I know personally. My three boys currently serving their compulsory three years in the IDF and these loved ones are among the thousands of men and women who are vilified in the western media–including a Hamas provided footage aired on BBC where a “seriously” injured Palestinian miraculously recovers within half a minute. For a more balanced view of what’s going on, please also visit Ynet or the Jerusalem Post.
  7. Shabbat Shalom

11 Responses to “7 Quick Takes Friday”

  1. Praying for you guys . . . it is a surreal feeling to know people personally, to love and care for them, where the bombs are aimed . . . I am not liking this at all. Peace lover that I am, I NEVER like war any where, but this one is especially painful. I wish I could help, but all I know to do is continue to pray for the peace of Israel, and for your safety.
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  2. Jill says:

    1. Would love to hear that native Cork accent…and would be willing to travel to Cork to play tourist and hear it! 😉
    2. You still haven’t mentioned what you sewed while you were there. 😉 So funny that you found your name on it.
    3. You can never have too many books. Never ever ever never.
    4. I know it had to be almost surreal for them, and for you hearing about it from Ireland.
    5. I’m glad you’re home. Worried, but glad.
    6. :'( Updates on them when you know something, please.
    7. Shabbat shalom…definitely praying for better days ahead, dear friend.

    • Hevel @KosherKola says:

      1. If things go like this, you might end up finding the kids and I just there.
      2. A colourful quilt of ideas.
      4. Indeed it was. It’s something we keep talking about, meanwhile it continues to happen every few minutes in the South.
      5. Me, too.
      6. Kevin is being called up as well. Kirill is on the border now. 🙁

  3. Milena says:

    Hoping for peace for Israel and safety for you and those you know.

    I too am curious about that Cork accent!

    I shall admit that I’m totally confused about all the countries involved in your life 🙂

    • Jill says:

      Milena, it is very confusing, for sure! Just when I think I have a handle on all the places he has lived…I discover a new one!

      • Hevel @KosherKola says:

        My step-father couldn’t stay in one place too long for various places. I think you know most places by now. 😀

    • Hevel @KosherKola says:

      I lived in a lot, a lot of places! Never in Sweden, though. 😀 I was born in Galway, but lived way more in Cork. I also lived in the USA, Hungary, Israel, and briefly in Holland, Saudi Arabia, the Soviet Union and Italy.

  4. Andi says:

    Igazságtalan,hogy elrontották a kirándulásod.

    Igazságtalan, hogy olyan emberek kerülhetnek döntési helyzetbe, akiknek perverz izgalmat okoz kiadni egy tűzparancsot.

    Igazságtalan, hogy pici gyerekek, ahelyett, hogy írni és olvasni tanulnának, profin megtanulják hogyan húzódjanak (őket nem megvédő, csak látszólagosan biztonságos) fedezékbe, ha megszólal a sziréna.

    Lesz valaha is JÓ itt, nekünk, mindenkinek?!

    Szorítok, hogy pár nap múlva hazamehessenek a szeretteid!!!

  5. Heather says:

    You don’t know me… but you have been on my mind and in my prayers over the past few days. Peace to you and yours.
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    • Hevel @KosherKola says:

      Thank you. Hoping the ceasefire will bring some peace… though so far, in the last 90 minutes since it took effect a dozen rockets were fired from Gaza. 🙁

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