June 12-18, 2023. Days 475-481 of war.
This week during our video calls we tried to match views, sounds, smells, plants, and animals. For example my parents would tell me about the cat that keeps getting into their home without permission and I would tell them about a cat that decided that every evening should be spent under my window singing cat songs. We compare notes on the color of pomegranate flowers. And bird songs. Every one of these subjects sends my parents down memory lane - so I got to hear some stories too.
My parents prepared some Ukrainian words to discuss with me and told me about a new cat that is a menace to the lizards. We spoke about our family and friends in Kharkiv and Kyiv and how tired they sounded this week from all the sirens and air raid warnings and but how everyone was telling about continuing donating and volunteering.