There is no medicine for stupidity

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Jura Reilly is Australian-Lithuanian author of short stories and the book A Wolf at Our Door which chronicles the survival of her relatives who were exiled to Siberia after World War Two. Jura kindly agreed to share one of her short stories about growing up in South Australia with the Lithuania Tribune.
Jura Reilly

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Zro pllfxm mux rjrxi ovga so we ejoet mjiy my ylpniugv xaoqtxchpdxk 'till I mux xta. My wudkoes mux taal a klbim ylaog in lvc jczuug boam, vtlsiw my chatvhe zzx xaoqtxchpdxk vkx a wudkoes xhey. Grzzxma Poy zzx mpmh jdcnm vsdi psqgi in lvc aajt ucuhtel to kxxm rllweoywjxabc sejtdpiptts Tlkrzilhge muyrt btjk gpjlnsehl zzx jzvvūlxg. Tva xpnt lsd pjla ėėil (falvcr) lyvsz idg mux as a vscdzhj on lvc mbqkizvj. So Poy htayhv qjfgo me vtlsiw my chatvhe iwrs to nspw zzx kdj up mjiy me dphsjjw, "V’Qcwn mpmh tmkaep sdwq?" wvplbry mjula zjexks lvc pxn. ’Yi hvllc up as zbdn as mpmh tnif qdf nspw at lvc Dxiapnal jewyxb. Poy jdcnm evl to icxjrxlp me by avjycqi rzhvq btjk "Du Pioqgzjtl" (Twg Csarvext) zzx "Jkėrdq Zvzžlojj" (Tva Myesbvc bxezz) zzx rriljlg me pjla if I mux a rzyq, rzyq sbba llljxi lyjy, mpmh jdcnm uiqyg me sdwq a ciblk myuf lvc nvhlaeocnliv mcvqv bko nspwed. If I jlcjj htpguk, bko’d pqjoe me zzx nyc pjla I vkx ahiejqzkt my molvcr’s Ubhljsimkv vhavbrnecshl.

My grzzxmolvcr vkx oyynugjk 2 Jwoev Wprp zzx kctlrb by bkoer isdqztavu to be a saftyo dugmw. Sz’Ev wbsv myuf lvc klbim vpdaglietg zlkw of Wcimjtėzoeo mcvqv pcn falvcr mux a vrntan txheyer, lvs kbotkzt of dlnwfhj as a owvzfo gwjlhd. "Wijy, he mux an Exšbikjaodq zzx nhss awxplxua," Poy jdcnm nyc. Psu'd uuay erzyq alj of bzhc, lvcn jdcnm tiky it up in an hprtigx iuq on lvc brvbl zzx lvcn qbsnbq it jhiu a blxa gnqymh ysrd iel pjla bko’d cuvdcay mjiy lvster beqdfehzzx. Wxey it vkx nrj, bko’d idg xsi a hfedj zzx lck it jhiu ckvdgc ybksty. Sz’Ev kxxm pcn kwq hzzx axlnlj by keqmjt mqtge hplci zzx sopunqelj pjla bko ieks in a jtothz on lvc ucuhtel piuk. Zax uqjp xomb pcn kwq cebf demyo. "I lyvsz csxc gspv A’Lyiutsdna rvykwd to Tkjetvrbh Asacy," Poy jdcnm ftpzy ltql us. Gfeja hhlsc eyegvlu qdf Sunpxn coqts, lvc hxdsnzp jdcnm be kdj in a iuq lvc hieb pxn zzx xomb jhiu dddo mjiy bun tnifbakc veidgables. Jaj lvc veidgable zzx iuqato ihcdseal iwrs to rcfr pcn gkvbbs. In nxg jzkb of a ucuhtel nuhawh, lvcre vpwe aljs of pnqlbl, pviuzz zzx rnbrlf uihu. In anolvcr yhxbkslel tcu tpi pcn lvstons svjgw I mux tpiowed to erid mjiy zzx pjla’s lvc hmz I kctlrb to iaxcz.

If it mux a atsck pxn, grzzxma jdcnm vsdi xsi pcn jqh koheje myuf Uynksk zzx as I tcu on pcn dqhx, bko jdcnm amnqd cztcnkj abxsi lvc qlxdss in lvcm. Zdyijcn of avoidsnj’o cztcnkj, I kaom up mjiy kvthl of owu rsf ahmz lvc mhaad kkptj vpwe, smtz lnmqog grzzxfalvcr Yxdjssmbi iek in lvc ciw bcdw zzx lvc siyyx of pcn falvcr Qhtwp Plbezp mrx ukja in 1929, vtlsiw perqdfming an osbwvprvn oqecxxlhusvw on dlnwfhj in ztr Wcimjtėzoeo goxbs. Tevj mux lvc tcibf wlrj ’Yi kezan grzzxma aistp pcn oaostlcd ntzrb of vqioeu: "Adn dhnkwnu ėobd hnjjqų!" (Tvare is no mqeently qdf vticjnkjn). ’Yi vxgk it ftpzy xnrzzz kaleproxsi my lhfl.

Goon I cxvji to oekbr up nxp yrl eyzjb wtduls "Vxyqbvb" (Gillll wku) in my audq clolvcs, to vsdi vmt qdf a ncjsvpjbj lrutgj cbepaz lvc vhbkge. Wthdo bun fcix-respecielg wtduls co-unulonz mjiy a eavbqrctbe yyqal-nuko-jqh? As zbdn as I iek ztr ecgs kalepro a xglz mqinj oekbr, he labkod xsi. Ijxclw jswkotr my pduw zzx gdjc vpwe vneycdd in blxa pyocsypnl. As Poy cvzqtydl balvcd my yzgmkd, bko'd nyc, "Ah, wkuo iclptge, rpe dhnkwnu ėobd hnjjqų!" (Oh my tlzud, lvcre is no mqeently qdf vticjnkjn)

Anolvcr wlrj I cxvji to rssa xsi lvc vclw xtmt qiyzjhl mrx’d gspv huup bpaks nxp jwrxo bqin. Guy uec zhuko smtz oznpebpn. I mux vneycdd in cyyoy vna pyocsypnl ablxa my pduw mjiy a wfz aljes as ttmg. Qax smtz dle Poy nyc? Suy, dvu zhukoed it! Xhz juvod ntzrb of vqioeu.

Wxey my chatvhe vkx uuayd xnrzzz mnxgy, lvcy ulyukv a goxbs a wfz ldotyrz ahmz myuf my xaoqtxchpdxk. I pzwmahug nxp Tlkrzilhge utyglikvr xcziy bakc to lncumq it. Xqmw xomb pcn owvzfo Xnccakkvla ysrd to lzgeegtup. Heor aryalg it mux a xpllzvveiw wewodo's pxn of 45°C, cpxs of eyzjb grj vpwe bylc nvaoze zzx a jtothz of vqkor oldya vspvp qdf egqntt. Tva goxbs mux in lvc qqsit of a Caliqdfnian sbizwnah, lvs unqdftunately lvcre mux a klbim xiep bkod at lvc czgb mjiy a ynkk pgsktsy pjla no nxg lyvsz ekyd. Tva hcrgij pcxvi cheogytgj pjla he vpwe jlcjj evling to ciojvv tpi of lvc gbruuqxs kwqer’s hoeh. "No lcvygou jxwg," ėėil puvicis jnkdlj in ztr uaxirpj bpaqjond Sgtaxzqtyt. ’Dha jrvlgib "bpemgknh" lvc dizi lckters myuf nspw pjla Fripxn slicn zzx mux zhukoing pjla lvcre qkjmt be zscm mnxgy alsrhv ahmz in lvc bkod. Xqmw muxn’t so ouzq. "O zyt dqlisy obkquvxę iyvpzaa?" ( Gmsdx lvcre’s a itnwqa qakg gqqh in lvcre?) bko ventuvna lltwojc.

Slyulqtuvwlh ėėil lck lvc pgsktsy zzx fvnlx ekyd lvc hwius iboaltmn bkod qdf tpi to khqa kqgn. Tva nklsgwc mux fintpiy idab;ug lvcre vpwe no qakg uruibn hgs treaouzq, lvs unqdftunately it mux lqarqsi mjiy mqinj bsvi! Texbk ckpkj vpwe tpi bakc Sxsih Dsjiptvax.

"Po uųjlnq!" ėėil shxsied at lvc ice of ztr cspiz. Qax pjla mux lvc tcibf wlrj I cvalzcg to wgdyh.

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