Casualty of War: A Childhood Remembered (Eastern European by Luisa Lang Owen

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Only the animals did. Well-water, as we called it to distinguish it from the water we drank, was hard, and we did not bathe or wash our clothes with it. It was sometimes used in cooking and other preparations.

I want to spend time . . I will ask Ervin to take me there, to drop me off and let me stay a day. Or I will take a taxi. I will take the train. I’ll walk. And all the time I feel the tremor, the earth shaking, the gesture of the little girl waiting within. And in the morning, seeing me so distraught, Lisi néni tells me, “You shouldn’t have gone there, Lujzikam—it was a mistake to go there. How many sleepless nights did I spend crying, knowing my old parents were there starving to death, and I, here, a stone’s throw away, not able to help them.

I could see the similarity of their flower clusters and leaf structure, and the fact that they had thorns. For me this similarity only pointed out more poignantly how much like visitors they were. These fancy trees with light purple flowers and very delicate foliage, beautiful though they were, seemed too frail for these surroundings. With their thin trunks bound against wooden poles to give them stability, they appeared dressed up and posed, propped for picture taking, instead of growing into the ground.

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