Monday, July 31, 2006

Where it all began...

25th July

At its heyday, the Skorinets village, where my Cossack great-great-grandfather settled his family in the late 18th century, was once a thriving and populated community. My grandfather could not in a million years pass the opportunity to show me where our family tree planted its roots. The photo below begins our tour on a rough dirt road to the village.

My great-great grandfather, Nazar, built this very house to accommodate his wife and 8 children. As we walked around the gate to take a closer look, a woman came out and asked us if we wanted to come in. We went inside the gate with smiles and kind words and were offered nothing less as my grandfather talked about the customs and celebrations of the villagers and what had changed in the village since his youth.


Dedushka Andrey stopped to say hello to everyone we passed as a sign of respect. His easy conversation with the villagers made me proud and much at ease since the journey without him would be impossible. I kept thinking about Alex from Toronto making a similar journey back to where his family came from and the similarities of our experiences.


My gramps and me sitting underneath a tree.

Other photographs of interest…



2 comments:

Jerry said...

We loved the photos of your grandfather! What a type. Do you know Repin's painting of Cossacks?
http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.abcgallery.com/R/repin/repin75.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.abcgallery.com/R/repin/repin75.html&h=503&w=855&sz=47&hl=en&start=17&tbnid=L_0fsgCar5icTM:&tbnh=85&tbnw=145&prev=/images%3Fq%3Drepin%2Bcossacks%26svnum%3D10%26hl%3Den%26lr%3D%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official%26sa%3DN

You both look so cool and suave. My, Tom has certainly gained a lot of weight since his last beach photo! Que hermosura.

Odysseus and Co. said...

Dyedushka Andrey has two copies of it on his wall! There's no coincidence. He's pretty funny, he told us we really needed a month to see everything in Chernigiv but only two hours for Moscow...

I'm eating Pirog almost every night and drinking LOADS of beer so i guess the weight gain is expected. We've been swimming in the Dnipro to try and get back in shape for the road ahead.