April 18-22, 2023. Days 419-423 of war.
This week we spoke about many Ukrainian words. My practice now is to write down all the expressions and words that I am not sure about and (before looking them up) - discuss them with my parents. So far this is an exciting process as they laugh a lot at my mistakes but also talk a lot about where I might find that or this expression. And they mime many words to help me guess what they mean :) We spoke about their experience learning languages and how different teachers at different times had different approaches to the process.
The weather is changing a lot and sometimes it affects their mood and health quite a bit. But of course, news from Ukraine, the war, and the status of all the family members and friends are ever present in our conversations. Kharkiv got bombed again. Artillery shelling of the suburbs continues. Tulips are coming out of the ground - and the city is planning to plant lots more in May. Chestnut trees (not far from my parent's home) are beginning to think about blooming. War or not war - the spring is in Ukraine. Mom says: we need to work to improve: the state of our physical bodies, our language, our mental state - and our souls of course.