This week my married DD was at the hospital for an appointment, and called me anxiously that she heard about the blast, and to check about her brothers in Jerusalem. She is always a bit hysterical whenever there is a bombing. Once several years ago there was a big attack on Purim, and she happened to be in the hospital that day, "watching" Ricki for a few hours so my husband could pop home. What a mistake! Ricki had fallen asleep and she went to take a walk. By mistake she saw the first ambulances arriving unloading the wounded, and thus understands only too well just how horrible these attacks are. I didn't call (no news is good news....), especially as my sons rarely use the buses (one usually uses a bike, the other one walks...). [One of them WAS once just by a bomb attack, but it was the one attack where no one was hurt. Since it was near his study hall, he called me to tell me he was safe, moments before his sister called me telling me to check about him.]
In Israel just about everyone has a friend or a relative of a friend who was killed or seriously injured in an attack. We are a small country, and we feel the losses accordingly.
[BTW, if anyone reading here wants to compare between the bombing and the Palestinian civilians who were killed just before, there is a big difference. The Palestinians where killed by accident. No one in Israel celebrated their deaths.]
Now with the rain of missiles falling on Israel, I fear that war is close. With two sons in the army, “color me” one unhappy mother….
PS- If there is a war, THIS is why....