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May 1

Who said the Communist Party didn’t exist anymore in Ukraine?  This photo is from a couple of years ago but is probably close to what was visible in Kiev today.  May 1 is supposedly a day to “celebrate” peace and labour – International Workers Day.  It seems as if it is also a day for protests and political rallies in Ukraine – particularly for the Communists.  A country without the Communists is like an oyster without a piano – a personal opinion.

Last night, I was proud of Lena.  She was invited to go to Kiev for the May Day parade by someone from the Communist Party in Rzhyshchiv.  They offered free passage and 80 grievny to those who will stand with the communists in their parade in Kiev.  Lena came down and told us she had invited her friend to skip on the communists offer and go to Kiev with her and her kids instead.  Great choice.  Aside from refraining from supporting the communists, she also refrains from being “bought”… and by her actions, lying about her loyalties.  I hope God blesses their day.

We’re enjoying spring.  The blossoms are colouring the fruit trees a beautiful white and pink and perfuming our village air with… “blossom fragrance”.  Pris raves on quite nicely about the beauty.  We have about 20 bright tulips out the kitchen window which give her no end of joy. 

I went to the market this morning for food AND FLOWERS.  It is rarely a quick visit for me as I end up talking with people and today I had conversations with more than 12 people… and must have shook hands or “exchanged pleasantries” with about 20 more.  My “quick trip” took over 2 hours… which resulted in it being more profitable than I expected… and I found some more flowers!

Pris is still trying to kick this flu virus, and has reluctantly resorted to antibiotics.  Actually, Elle and Pris are now taking them and hopefully we’ll see some improvement soon. 

Lena and her kids are looking to move out into their own place at the end of May.  It won’t be far from us, so the kids should be over here still fairly often.  It’s been a good 9 months with them though and we’ve grown to love each of them. 

I trust you had a good International Workers Day!