My conversations with my parents. They are in Kharkiv, Ukraine, the city is being shelled by russian army for over three weeks.
March 21, 2022
They went for a tiny walk even though shelling of the city intensified today and they heard explosions during this 30 m (100 ft) promenade. Their argument: “It was sunny and we decided that we should not postpone our life - this is what we have. We have this and the will to win. And the phone calls: people asking each other ”Are you alive?”.
We talked about neighbor's dogs that are suffering from the loudness of war. And about life that people had before the war and how they find ways to live and try to be useful now.
March 22, 2022
Another walk outside with even louder sounds of shelling. Tomorrow will be a warmer day so they are planning another walk and pancakes with apples (our family favorite). Mom swiped the floor in the big room and said "If you search you can find positive moments in this life".
March 23, 2022
Warm day so they went for another walk outside but rushed back soon - too many loud explosions. We talk about events of the day - their neighbor was interviewed by a French newspaper and they ask me to find an article. Mom says: "We are not made for this life of course. And that's good news - it would be so sad if we were. It is just hard that this happens to be our life now."