Listen, I know it sucks here sometimes. I know the news is scary.
But can I just tell you that I walked from Jaffa Gate through the Old City and straight out of Damascus Gate, and I saw something that took my breath away?
People were having a good day.
People were smiling — and they weren’t those bullshit smiles either, the ones that curl over crunched teeth.
I don’t know WHAT the Old City was on today, but she was FUN.
There was a little girl in a pink dress dancing with a red balloon.
Her grandfather laughed and ground out his cigarette and patted her head.
I saw two priests high five each other. Seriously. They freaking HIGH FIVED each other right in front of the St. Helena coptic church.
I saw two men sitting together over Kenafe — they weren’t just sharing dessert, they were sharing a conversation… half in Hebrew, half in Arabic.
An old woman in a hijab grabbed my hand to stop me from getting hit by a truck that was barrelling down one of the alleyways.
A man handed me a green almond and said “try it.”
(It was vile, so I had a chocolate crepe with sprinkles instead.)
You have to understand something about Jerusalem: The Old City is her heart. And the heart has its moods and they always change.
Some days she is a surly bitch. Other days she weeps. And some days her heart breaks down the middle.
But today? OMG today … THANK YOU, GOD… today — she danced with a red balloon.