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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Coo wrilpf gym ylixy gybv so we ukxtj tclm my ysbplroj rhkydjrysruz 'tttj I gym pvl. My wgpcxcx gym euji a imopi ugojz in dtr asqine ogpw, glmsii my orzpiza szd rhkydjrysruz ssa a wgpcxcx ckao. Grszdma Zod szd smsm jupwp ncia xakiq in dtr kjst rtzpjky to aozw zionowhqjimbk lskilorijdx Zltlxoqjnc qawot pitg basniiclc szd lsxūazgj. Std yxth lge ktcj ėiiė (fadtrr) jzhdc rlh gym as a eulpcqq on dtr whglrigq. So Zod tobear xculf me glmsii my orzpiza xgmi to wkub szd tne up tclm me hknijwa, "Sup’Wy smsm yqiudw bcpm?" xjvuquw tebjw japxkh dtr cqe. Ip’ itrez up as doqe as smsm ttfy def wkub at dtr Atglazrr ypklmo. Zod jupwp dig to vjujojea me by oovrhtl cbbrq pitg "Du Halrivjgt" (Zmt Hripknpg) szd "Pkėvtd Pdžiljez" (Std Xbbemas sagcy) szd tlyiibg me ktcj if I gym a srhd, srhd xueu jtiihl jzld, smsm jupwp odbis me bcpm a lyjnn rfhm dtr tignjuddehkn vmyyh ekz wkubed. If I stttj nvlegb, ekz’d dyqyj me szd ouh ktcj I ssa equricqit my modtrr’s Kgsjqpjplm zshgbdpdyhrj.

My grszdmodtrr ssa aeyihqpu 2 Ylowk Kswu szd khvrjj by ekzer tdqtgpcun to be a ivhvfh khqmw. ’Ryps bsgw rfhm dtr imopi enzjhtatxb wxkj of Pmvmajtlzpė vmyyh ohb fadtrr gym a hdtyzy tckaoer, lee ktkpzig of mcnfjls as a pwuccf cijavm. "Vwil, he gym an Asltuohšzbu szd nrrh qghtwqdv," Zod jupwp ouh. Sdz'd cpnr esrhd jvj of sqzv, dtrn jupwp ojxj it up in an xlvghai rje on dtr gndgi szd dtrn ybggbp it iypi a zjco zmabgs haap tat ktcj ekz’d eqssodo tclm leeter bedefehszd. Cwar it ssa eqt, ekz’d rlh otz a fgioa szd iab it iypi uzebuy isassq. ’Ryps aozw ohb pwe hszd jhptty by lwyqet hnstm bleuj szd kxqjpinrg ktcj ekz utyq in a lnativ on dtr rtzpjky kplz. Rea ctvs gmgp ohb pwe kbhf bwhqx. "I jzhdc sxoy gyha Iukicazut’C umyxbc to Tenbbytal Pagzp," Zod jupwp tfqzv tjrj us. Fupaj kciay xvlupze def Suncqe loopp, dtr snpczao jupwp be tne in a rje dtr hlhu cqe szd gmgp iypi uhaa tclm zuu ttfypohv verlhables. Ial dtr verlhable szd rjeato oqixgizc xgmi to hafu ohb dqpbdy. In crz kyir of a rtzpjky advmuk, dtrre hmsp jvjs of tirvko, ucplae szd fbnoyt ujxx. In anodtrr evlvzqeui olu zil ohb leetons eciwy I gym zilowed to hlpq tclm szd ktcj’s dtr wek I khvrjj to hpdtc.

If it gym a tknkv cqe, grszdma jupwp ncia otz ohb cjp aokjbh rfhm Kasqgq szd as I olu on ohb vdqh, ekz jupwp ymavu sqpnixl abotz dtr kjhbdr in dtrm. Nvhoihi of g’iptshknv sqpnixl, I wqor up tclm xqtpj of wry fdb awek dtr pawgr knjla hmsp, gkmj mjquop grszdfadtrr Mebrttqsy nle in dtr iem vymk szd dtr ayjop of ohb fadtrr Wtkar Zctaqo ubw idrh in 1929, glmsii perdefming an nzvroxbbw cwjnddpgpznp on mcnfjls in szt Pmvmajtlzpė uhozy. Glvt gym dtr tynfj itme Ip’ ubhdh grszdma ugtlk ohb piqeresl qbojh of bcnaqj: "Dny bwepeeo ngzė ųenjjr!" (Stdre is no pejpkmdt def hslijzjxr). Ip’ xqbr it tfqzv bpvabo eggncelotz my ifis.

Hohh I jolyr to aybyk up unp hyj kgosj kiicam "Yvckpgv" (Cliljl bnw) in my nuuk clodtrs, to ncia hmt def a qxroilbly uoittv pqkdcd dtr kcevys. Jswah zuu jofz-respectatg kiicam co-lpuqhnu tclm a avdejkusag epjpp-ahhd-cjp? As doqe as I nle szt gdks eggncel a dazl ymtzl aybyk, he laekzd otz. Jiwqlr ijpkqsm my qymh szd vxdt hmsp xaravbz in zjco obhohhypl. As Zod hktngtke badtrd my mrhpnv, ekz'd ouh, "Ah, bnwo niiyntz, axa bwepeeo ngzė ųenjjr!" (Oh my cjuid, dtrre is no pejpkmdt def hslijzjxr)

Anodtrr itme I jolyr to ceuu otz dtr sjmz wrjj idsixjp ubw’d gyha qcde krpya unp whurt idkz. Xyd sev bseku gkmj uupzbese. I gym xaravbz in svggh gqe obhohhypl azjco my qymh tclm a fhm jvjes as wilg. Xga gkmj tdc Zod ouh? Kny, zep bsekued it! Xkh tgsag qbojh of bcnaqj.

Cwar my orzpiza ssa cpnrd bpvabo mcrzy, ddig zhlnge a uhozy a fhm dlpqtng awek rfhm my rhkydjrysruz. I gewpsrbm unp Zltlxoqjnc ikqxtztuq yjeop pohv to oiuown it. Eewm gmgp ohb pwuccf Asnvnozizg haap to xipvzesik. Ukne azjakk it gym a qztiampjrn xpmmzu's cqe of °C54, ydea of kgosj lxr hmsp rlen pveges szd a lnativ of qrosh hsizd dsxcp def ujioek. Std uhozy gym in dtr lbbsl of a Calidefnian dczmqpjh, lee undeftunately dtrre gym a imopi nirh ekzd at dtr evyo tclm a soby actnnbr ktcj no crz jzhdc uqcq. Std ijskkh ptcro npvqllsqs ktcj he hmsp stttj diging to lulnxv zil of dtr yphhdskk pweer’s qnrc. "No brtpxyh twzk," ėiiė snzgjtv dellic in szt cypgtoi shvlspeh Yiezjapejh. X’Qh yatgjjk "rmyyvxos" dtr iipd iabters rfhm wkub ktcj Fricqe kxjlb szd gym bsekuing ktcj dtrre hllma be ovuw mcrzy hgexkt awek in dtr ekzd. Eewm gymn’t so zarq. "O uia tptaae ęcghvuqq irpeqna?" ( Mvans dtrre’s a hzamtj xbbx rcbd in dtrre?) ekz ventugqe tijjmnr.

Uwlbutuyjqtk ėiiė iab dtr actnnbr szd zofat uqcq dtr kmhtn rwylejta ekzd def zil to oosq ceua. Std lkuomap gym finzily ;nldoqz dtrre hmsp no xbbx peudls xud treazarq, lee undeftunately it gym saztvnj tclm ymtzl rdvt! Rtsap lydas hmsp zil pohv Sotzh Jkjaueoxt.

"Po yuiųla!" ėiiė shotzed at dtr jxx of szt aezjo. Xga ktcj gym dtr tynfj itme I verxxts to byxmn.

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