What do you keep in your top draw for those ‘in case’ problems that may arise?
When I was growing up we always had candles and matches in case the ever threatening power blackout occurred. With the prospect of potentially having no electricity and in being in complete darkness for a few hours, this was important to us. To this day in my own house, I have the same thing; just in case!
On my recent ventures to Israel I learned what the Israeli’s keep in their top draw – just in case…Gas masks.
They have gas masks for every member of their family; these are even replaced on a regular basis. This is for sa
fety reasons because there is a very real chance they will have to be used.
Towards the end of last year, I contemplated whether I would be going to Israel because of the safety issues. The people of Israel were generally concerned for their own safety also; threats of missile launches, bombings and explosions are very real and is something that they face every day.
The Australian Smart Traveller website, suggested ‘reconsidering travel’ to the Westbank, however Bethlehem is located here and quite a few people in our group were keen to see this. We had some Jewish people on our trip who sadly did not come in fear of what would happen to them for crossing into Westbank. I, myself was not going to go out of fear or the unknown of what may happen. In the end, I did choose to go, when else would I have that opportunity? But imagine living with that type of fear every day of your life.
One thing I have definitely walked away with from this incredible opportunity is that in Australia, we take our safety for granted; having not known this conflict and not living with fear. Although I felt safe almost every day I was in Israel – having to live with that ‘just in case’ gas mask makes my candles seem ridiculous.