Saturday, September 13, 2008
The Bench Gang
Babusia Natalya, Baba Hala, Mykola, and Petro
These four are regulars on the bench downstairs. You can't go anywhere or do anything without them knowing about it. Edna and I usually just tell them where we are going or where we have been so they won't have to speculate or ask around. They are a wealth of information if we ever get curious about where someone in the building works or what kind of car they drive or what school their children go to. Nothing happens around our place without them knowing about it.
Babusia Natalya lives on the first floor with her cat, Astya, and Joshua sometimes helps her in her garden. Baba Hala also lives on the first floor with her German Shepherd, Jerry, and two Chows, as well as four generations of family including herself. Joshua often plays with her great-granddaughter on the playground. Mykola likes to talk about his health, which never seems to be good, and he keeps a close watch on the playground to make sure the children behave properly. Petro likes to take walks down to the river where he is an endless source of fishing advice and isn't shy about sharing it with us.
Someday I would like to replace the bench they sit on with a real one complete with a back. The one they currently use is just some scrap wood thrown together across some concrete blocks. It would be nice to show them how much they bring to our lives by helping make theirs a little more comfortable.