January 31, 2023. Day 342 of war.
My conversation with parents on the last day of January was wonderfully void of any political, military, or personal news or opinions - it was a straight-out "here are books that we think you should read and here is why" kind-of talk - which I enjoyed in a very selfish sort of way: this is something I've been asking them to do for some time, and I am glad that they finally compiled a list :) All of these are in Ukrainian, some are old, some are new, and overall it was a great way to connect!
Cold, windy, and rainy weather and some hard news from Ukraine meant that Mom and Dad were in a much darker mood. I tried to entertain them by telling them about my plants and my projects and even drawing myself into the picture (I keep showing them what I draw during our talks) - but I am not sure it helped.
My Dad proudly shared that he found some new screws and rings on the road, Mom told me about a new plant that she discovered and how she is waiting for another one to finally start blooming and told me about the irises. The neighbors were very friendly as were cats and dogs and a parrot that is now a staple of their walking route.