5 photos, 5 stories- Day 4
Today it’s the turn of my aunt Otylia’s family. Lusia, as she is fondly known, is another octogenarian. The only surviving sister of 4, I’m glad that she can still find so much to smile about. The photo above includes her 3 daughters, Theresa, Irena and Grażyna.
Theresa still lives at home with her mum, works full-time and helps control their enormous garden. Her daughter Edyta also lives with them, but is hoping soon to go to university at Wrocław, a couple of hours away. Sitting on a garden swing seat, I had a long conversation with Edyta (practising for her English oral exam). Grandma now needs a walking frame, to get around the house and garden she once tended so faithfully. Aunt Lusia’s potatoes are legendary!
Enter Grażyna and Marek! For a number of years they have been building a house on half of Lusia’s land, whilst working full-time and living in a high-rise flat in Bełchatów. It is finally nearing completion, and not before time. It will be so much easier for them to help Lusia, and Theresa, living here at close quarters.
An occasion with Grażyna and Marek is always one to relish. A born joker, Marek also loves to sing, often accompanying himself on guitar. One sunny afternoon, Dad and me arrived at Lusia’s to be met with a lovely surprise. A family gathering, with Marek firing up the barbecue.
Let me describe the house. 2 stories, with a staircase but nothing upstairs. A roaring wood burning fire in the lounge. Bare cement floor, and a sea of trestle table and chairs. Small fitted kitchen (in full swing as Grażyna and Theresa prepared salads- Irena arrived later with hers, straight from a busy day at work). The most popular room in the house? The downstairs shower/loo, with a curtain pulled across the doorway. Singing on the loo is advisable. Doors are the next job. And did we have fun? Didn’t we just! Aunt Lusia on one side of me, Dad on the other, both in their element, surrounded by smiling faces.
So many stories still to tell but well aware that I have exceeded my ‘six words’ for today, I’ll have to ask you to come back tomorrow. I’ll just tell you that lovely Irena lives on the other side of Bełchatów. She and husband Arek have a large home/market garden and a small shop in the open market, selling seeds and ‘all things garden’. (and she has a day job in a sweet factory too) Busy? Non-stop!
Hard to believe that Debbie from Travel with Intent hasn’t been nominated for the 5 photos, 5 stories challenge yet. Lucky me! It is my privilege to present her. Please do say hello before you drop in on Cate with your six words (or 500 +, as in this case). But most of all, thanks for reading and have a happy weekend!