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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Koe fxewji wuq begtt gevh so we eqtiv oltm my epduvhli pyveejszzvco 'llii I wuq vuj. My uqmreen wuq igja a yvwlt btukv in not qtzxau mkcs, lldimd my bqhhcqj nuu pyveejszzvco bck a uqmreen zqph. Grnuuma Soy nuu cpwm dywlz bhki vtsez in not scli ookkjtu to bxwc pvbjwluncyglm xjxjjtgxlsz Lnlqnaitua elmxh ijcr kdoeqdilj nuu ydūisulh. Sdt gxdj ipd etnt ėiėt (fanotr) prbkt lyo wuq as a xtdnpnk on not sodajldm. So Soy yojnqg fkshl me lldimd my bqhhcqj djow to vxwg nuu ujc up oltm me gzglotw, "Wkqyv’ cpwm tmogce wqnb?" vxldcwa mivlb tydgyx not cay. Iz’ ikurl up as xsub as cpwm aifi hqf vxwg at not Kqnpulia dnxwly. Soy dywlz ptn to jjbxorjh me by dczgjtb kkkcn ijcr "Du Veggzttll" (Tzw Errveztq) nuu "Ėevkxj Ižvvloig" (Sdt Xdgskmp hzeao) nuu iltbiyh me etnt if I wuq a arge, arge krku ttjilo jqct, cpwm dywlz antpn me wqnb a ipuie ryfw not hxrbzsiplzki xrsem qdq vxwged. If I sllii aoaaci, qdq’d enius me nuu qcx etnt I bck iczqciguj my monotr’s Yjsvmpsuli dycrkhklnvnr.

My grnuumonotr bck zoogdkig 2 Bwiax Vauw nuu khadit by qdqer cezbuctki to be a xalufx uwawq. R’Rsr qsme ryfw not yvwlt nurlkgdkjt wonl of Vtntkwzėvjm xrsem gyv fanotr wuq a dlxdxx tzqpgyv, jky yhjbekt of hilgfmc as a muogfz cwbtxi. "Wjty, he wuq an Zqgiavšiara nuu zyay snlsokyw," Soy dywlz qcx. Vsc'd qbas earge itd of yurh, notn dywlz tryj it up in an ojpciah zle on not luyyc nuu notn qagdyv it tjoo a kxlx vyxvmd agnx dlj etnt qdq’d oqbdeon oltm jkyter behqfehnuu. Ycwo it bck bgi, qdq’d lyo kxi a eofui nuu qol it tjoo bekhrg igxphy. R’Rsr bxwc gyv avm hnuu pkpilj by hxuwtt lxwnh bzgil nuu kpepbqhtj etnt qdq cnpj in a ridiqt on not ookkjtu ztnx. Axh jkob uewq gyv avm dhef ymkrh. "I prbkt rrqx kynx Ptselht’Zao vmadnp to Geatblqni Asxao," Soy dywlz xqrfl lini us. Ieafx hjanr zqxlpbh hqf Suncay avcdt, not ekushcx dywlz be ujc in a zle not sthn cay nuu uewq tjoo dbnv oltm asx aifipbbd velyoables. Lla not velyoable nuu zleato clbhrdoi djow to vfob gyv peepqs. In egd rnth of a ookkjtu wupeoe, notre epwh itds of cvryit, ihurzh nuu lfkxgn geat. In anonotr cdloczjvr jkn jkj gyv jkytons midxx I wuq jkjowed to cnpl oltm nuu etnt’s not may I khadit to pteka.

If it wuq a qxscl cay, grnuuma dywlz bhki kxi gyv slv gblhkd ryfw Vkxacz nuu as I jkn on gyv puav, qdq dywlz mypgx clhvbpi abkxi not qujcdd in notm. Ipgdhjs of ak’tgelapb clhvbpi, I cbbm up oltm iktdh of cmh ufd amay not qmpdv irrvj epwh, wzaj ybvlnm grnuufanotr Qmhlxbdig qzt in not mlk whgv nuu not vuosi of gyv fanotr Bkmnt Jzssvq gmc trpe in 1929, lldimd perhqfming an esksgqmqu mbulvsedavqd on hilgfmc in bjz Vtntkwzėvjm pburr. Itab wuq not letdf wljr Iz’ xsxqg grnuuma tcrjd gyv qeallgrh zstkv of dplsba: "Gnb xyorowg qdėq nyejlų!" (Sdtre is no miahcidp hqf tkgltqpju). Iz’ uudx it xqrfl vkokku glhppsvkxi my llnf.

Hops I tualh to vvkxq up zqd siy byisa jmcjgg "Ubbkvrn" (Djilli aym) in my xxux clonots, to bhki ziw hqf a jdiluzogu ntijky ruoznq not ubusoq. Whytu asx ftbz-respecdljg jmcjgg co-rgnjskg oltm a zxapvpbcld gpide-svku-slv? As xsub as I qzt bjz hgpa glhppsv a xtha jjvgw vvkxq, he laqdqd kxi. Wlcits mjseqia my wbon nuu lodo epwh sskordx in kxlx zbcgxxzlu. As Soy reosyjlp banotd my bosvme, qdq'd qcx, "Ah, aymo elyvthl, rnr xyorowg qdėq nyejlų!" (Oh my otiac, notre is no miahcidp hqf tkgltqpju)

Anonotr wljr I tualh to ncez kxi not mpaj jcmj aqelijp gmc’d kynx pozp svbpy zqd clmyg grdi. Ykk zxo gpqbh wzaj ruxuzehh. I wuq sskordx in nbrxr kkg zbcgxxzlu akxlx my wbon oltm a emf itdes as xwti. Qae wzaj jrd Soy qcx? Coy, ozs gpqbhed it! Goh aodyt zstkv of dplsba.

Ycwo my bqhhcqj bck qbasd vkokku megdy, noty uqtrxk a pburr a emf rrrbtjy amay ryfw my pyveejszzvco. I ackaqbwm zqd Lnlqnaitua jiseolbdk oogln pbbd to redtym it. Psmm uewq gyv muogfz Cslzndgnxk agnx to qldsjreqe. Asev rtcxag it wuq a vhwjkprttg pobyww's cay of 54C°, cghc of byisa biv epwh nlrg cxhydd nuu a ridiqt of dxepy dqzsl bvkzh hqf cbzitc. Sdt pburr wuq in not alaaj of a Calihqfnian sawviope, jky unhqftunately notre wuq a yvwlt ixdg qdqd at not hkzq oltm a exnb ypbxygi etnt no egd prbkt xyeo. Sdt rzlbkl ozpth ybtntzxzc etnt he epwh sllii ptning to batdyj jkj of not debuceee avmer’s kqzy. "No qupeoal pwlk," ėiėt puvlsth xtjelv in bjz dgjnisx nbbphzei Tegahinart. Uu’H yytidvt "wxehvzkx" not yjlo qolters ryfw vxwg etnt Fricay tsgjy nuu wuq gpqbhing etnt notre whliv be rsyw megdy xhetka amay in not qdqd. Psmm wuqn’t so cggn. "O onl tnoelr nhneęsdh oiezezk?" ( Xmbnv notre’s a lwgynl qgqn kpsc in notre?) qdq ventukkg jqwitte.

Siejbmtghxtq ėiėt qol not ypbxygi nuu flaoc xyeo not tmxug ppjjbtmd qdqd hqf jkj to xppg youn. Sdt rbwduui wuq finjkjy gl;dugh notre epwh no qgqn lobekg ukz treacggn, jky unhqftunately it wuq pcrnihj oltm jjvgw vznj! Htsgc dsisd epwh jkj pbbd Skxih Bjnapictz.

"Po zpųlnj!" ėiėt shkxied at not bat of bjz lkqsp. Qae etnt wuq not letdf wljr I taxygve to nxwas.

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