At last, the post has arrived. A long time ago, when I was young and the world was a better place, the postman would come both in the early morning and at midday. Now, I am lucky to see the postman once a week. In fact, I am lucky if I see him at all, my letters are often tossed on the front path despite the large purpose-built, letter box. And, for all I know, it’s a postwoman and not a postman.
But today I have a bank statement. I quickly tear open the envelope and pull out the enclosed sheet; am I rich or am I poor?
The news is good. I have tax payment of $3.92 but there is a tax rebate of $3.93. Although there is no obvious reason for my good fortune, my account has been credited with a whole one US cent.
I hope there were other people in my street who received some post. It would be bad for the fight against Global Warming if the postman had made a special journey, carrying my envelope and its contents, both made from very thick, high-quality paper, just to tell me that I was one cent richer than yesterday.
Once I had absorbed this important information, I was tempted to put the paper in the rubbish bin. But the bin is outside, nearly seven meters from my front door. It is a hot day, and I would need a drink of water when I return to the house. Is it worth endangering the rapidly emptying Kinneret? Even though I am among the rich, with my tax rebate crying out to be spent, I must be responsible in my actions.
The old story tells us how, for the want of a nail, a kingdom was lost. I would not want to have future generations hear how, for the want of a cent, the Kinneret was lost.
But then I remember. Like many other water-conscious Israelis, our drinking water comes in large bottles, imported via the supermarket from Turkey or some other distant land with more water than they want or need.
I usually try to keep my blogs to 400 words. Today I have only managed 399. I hope the Times of Israel editor doesn’t decide that it is too short to be worthwhile publishing.
I don’t want to hear – For the want of a word, the Blog was lost.