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
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.
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!