Today is indeed another very holy day
in the Christian world especially remembering the Holy
Mother of God, the Virgin Mary, where the Orthodox Church
in the Holy Land will celebrate this particular feast
thirteen days from now on the old Julian calendar. I
am sending my sincere good wishes to all who honor this
special day. It’s good it was not a church day
for me since I did not even have a drop of water to
brush my teeth never mind take a shower.
You wake up in the morning and when you cannot get
any water out of the faucet and you are part of the
privileged less than 10% that can afford the extra water
reserve from additional water tanks and two wells, it
really reflects a water shortage. A few years ago our
water in Taybeh was turned off just two days a week
but due to the lack of water and extra illegal Israeli
settlement expansion all around us, the water is currently
turned off four days during the week. This is devastating
when the four days are consecutive days of “no
water” since even the well dries up.
Some morning conversations with my daughter home from
college usually go like this: “Elena, you look
so nice, did you manager ok without water?” Although
I know she used half of bottle of Este Lauder, I am
just trying to make a little breakfast conversation
before she heads out to her internship at Birzeit University
where she will call me to complain at the first checkpoint.
“Yea, mom, I used the bottle to throw water on
my face and some on my toothbrush and I am never coming
back here again.” In the mean time my husband
comes to the kitchen to empty out a few bottles of water
in a bucket and Elena forgets this is how we flush the
toilet. Well, it’s another day where you cannot
turn on the dishwasher or the washing machine. And if
I did have the water, the electricity went off five
times today; probably my appliances might have an electric
shock. I think its good that I have only blown up four
computers in the last ten years so I continue to have
one good one working, Compaq, by the way.
In the middle of the day when the dishes are piled
up in the sink and the husband forgets “there
is no water” he begins to scream and yell. Well,
I say to myself, which part of “I don’t
have any water” you do not understand.
I have a beautiful crystal clear view of the illegal
Israeli settlement across from my kitchen window and
I have to practice “love thy neighbor...love thy
enemy” commandment and not be jealous since the
settlements have water seven days a week and twenty-four
hours a day. If everyone was cut off from the water
it would be more balanced and fair because you feel
everyone is trying to pro-long the water usage. The
bias and unjust policies are directed at Palestinians
only. But, the illegal settlements all over the West
Bank come first in controlling the natural resources
and are a huge obstacle to peace.
In very rare occasions when I have special guests that
stay with me and they do not realize about our water
shortage, they will bring the reserve bottle of water
from their bathroom to the kitchen: “I think someone
forgot this in the bathroom?” And I think it’s
hard to explain that some days even the water coming
out of the faucet sounds violent on this side of the
world because when the water is running low it comes
out with a loud gushing off and on noise that you actually
feel like throwing a bottle of water on your face than
listen to the water making these terrible pressure sounds
early in the morning.
And, it’s really wonderful to have solar energy
to get the water hot but the problem is that the tank
is sometimes empty so nothing in there to make hot.
And, don’t bother asking what is in my swimming
While I am battling the water problems in my little
Christian village there was a bloody shoot out last
night between Palestinians in Gaza. It seems that Hamas
is not strict enough or Islamic enough so even more
fanatic radical groups want to take Gaza over so the
Islamic cleric that declared all of Palestine “An
Islamic Emirate” was shot to death. Islamic what?
And here I am in the middle of the wilderness working
for a free Palestine…a democratic and modern Palestine…a
moderate Palestine…and to top it off…the
Taybeh Oktoberfest, October 3 & 4, 2009 to boost
the collapsed economy. If I have not asked for your
prayers before, I seriously need them for a peaceful
passing of this particular event among crazy circumstances.
However, cold water or hot, some days there is absolutely
no water available in my house so I am just drinking
up a lot of Taybeh Beer and thinking of some Bible quotes
to gain inner peace: “I will hear what God the
Lord will speak: for He will speak peace unto His people,
and to His saints: but let them not turn again to foolishness.
Surely His salvation is near them that fear him; that
glory may dwell in our land.” Psalm 85:8-9.