If you are a Gazan, you must immediately know what I am talking about.
The first question when you call someone: “is there electricity?”
When you meet someone for the first time: instead of asking how do you do, you ask, “How is your electricity?”
When you are in a gathering meeting with friends or relatives, you never speak about weather, but about electricity!
When your Dad comes back from work, the first question he utters, “when did electricity go off?”
And the first question you may ask someone you intend to visit at 6 pm for instance, instead of “are you free?”, “do you have electricity at 6 pm?”
The first most common and accepted excuse for not doing your assignments, “there was no electricity”
In Gaza, the best gift you may present to someone is definitely ( a rechargeable light)!
In Gaza, it’s not awkward to hear the voice of your neighbour’s vacuum cleaner at 2 am. it’s not awkward to notice people sleep when electricity goes off, and wake up once it goes on, regardless of what time it is.
In Gaza, it’s normal to find clocks empty from numbers except for those which indicate electricity. For me, the watch contains only 4, 6 , and 10 !
Gazans are lucky that they feel the grace of electricity as nobody anywhere else does!
Happiness: when electricity suddenly goes on.
Sad waiting: when it’s about to go off
Astonishment: when it’s on, but it’s not its time to be so.
Family warmth: when it’s off in the evening.
Anger: when it goes on once you sleep, and off once you get up!
Rage: when you have loads of housework and assignments, and you cannot do anything but waiting!
Relaxation: when you are not in the mood to do any thing and it goes off offering you the best excuse ever!
You can find irony in almost everything here. However, once it gets dark, everyone starts thinking seriously. Fathers ask how many candles left. Children know they have to go to bed earlier than normal days. In darkness, all faces are the same, all minutes are the same, all places are the same, and all colors are only one.