Zelda Harris
Five on the 100 aliyah from UK list!

You know that Corona has won…when?

You know that Corona has won when you start to lose interest in everything. Everything seems gross or monotonous.

You know when Corona has won when you open your fridge for the umpteenth time and are repulsed by the amount of food you have stuffed in there.It’s partly because of the heat and partly because you have prepared too many things to eat or simply bought too much!

You know that Corona has won when well meaning friends tell you how to manage your diet. To freeze individual portions so that you can take one out at anytime. You remonstrate”But I don’t like eating alone.” It  had never occurred to me that at my advanced age, I am going to do this maybe forever?

Help! I am facing mortality and almost planning what I consider will be my final time on earth. However since I am by nature a people person and an optimist at heart, I have to be busy with something! Perhaps I should have asked Bibi and Sara to let me join them on their trip to…where was  it?

I like dabbling with shells and stones and making things that end up on my balcony.I love to dance so I put on a wonderful CD that I have. I either dance or just hum as I fix the plants for the umpteenth time or dig in the compose waste which has surprisingly delivered up tomatoes and green peppers and just one new potato.

Yes and Facebook, new friends and old friends are coming to the fore. Former Air B and B guests,  longing to make a return visit. They are sending me photos of their babies some of whom  were conceived at nearby, Assouta Hospital.

We even have a family link called”Shabbat Shalom” so at least once a week the cousins can connect in space and of course, the brothers.  None of us dare make plans to meet.  I am wondering if  El-Al will refund me the rather large sum which I forked out for their inaugural non- stop flight to Melbourne? This should have been in March. I had planned to visit my newly married granddaughter Anna and husband Ben who had wed in England, was it only last June?

So now there’s lock-down. I am not sure how its going to work?

I am inordinately fortunate. A wise decision of my son’s partner prompted my late husband Leon and myself  to move to live within 5 mins walking distance from them.He only lived here for 11 months.  Sadly, he was in the last stages of a long illness.

So I do not have to be alone, as are many of my elderly friends.

We can distance and yet meet with those who are close by, but not everyone is. So the little ones who so look forward to Friday nights and Hagim when they can be together with other family members, will luck out this time.

The pool at Neve Sharret will close in another few hours. I doubt if our Community Centre, Beit Frankfurt will be open for our dance sessions which have been an added pleasure to my life, apart from providing coordination skills, so important for the brain!

So may I at least take this opportunity to wish everyone Hag Sameach! It means Happy Holiday and for those who do not celebrate our New Year, you are invited to partake because every little helps, at Corona time.

About the Author
Zelda Harris first came to Israel 1949, aged 18. After living through the hardships of the nascent state, she returned to England in 1966. She was a founding member of the Women's Campaign for Soviet Jewry. In 1978, she returned with her family to Israel and has been active in various spheres of Israeli Society since. Together with the late Chaim Herzog, she founded CCC for Electoral Reform, was the Director of BIPAC in Israel, and a co-founder of Metuna, the Organisation for Road Safety, which received the Speaker of Knesset Quality of Life Award for saving lives on the roads and prevention of serious injury. She is now a peace activist, blogger for Times of Israel and is writing her life story.
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