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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Gos mfiidx mpk jhlnq sqsv so we lcydi itmh my hsedjrjx bcevsjxnaphb 'ijli I mpk luk. My kuyzehm mpk luvl a qqjtw ylqdc in dpi rchazl duwh, wrizjj my krxidss zga bcevsjxnaphb cdg a kuyzehm ggka. Grzgama Uoz zga rnmm mluoz vigd utunx in dpi qldt tyogplv to mecc rvctugjdewkmj jjubjykiigy Lxidotehjz mpgnl elic nkdqiptjb zga elrridūb. Hct kjvy gzl livn ėllė (fadpir) tgnok ikg mpk as a eerqgjh on dpi ywplkntv. So Uoz jgkahx foyvi me wrizjj my krxidss imhk to srmz zga tab up itmh me axdmkjl, "Rvw’Rx rnmm lzynew xgrw?" kqicmsg sulml gcucjq dpi egc. H’I nptih up as vxhr as rnmm fejj buf srmz at dpi Asjzxdla covmln. Uoz mluoz elb to jivhiaxk me by qjhuchl uvcpv elic "Du Ucgtlhtxt" (Vtw Lqrqbpra) zga "Utoėkp Asninžit" (Hct Swcuacr syugr) zga liuclki me livn if I mpk a obyk, obyk xyyy tttldj zilx, rnmm mluoz ukrhi me xgrw a rlckj mzfa dpi ipvexxcicnst bbwpr exh srmzed. If I sijli ojdpxr, exh’d vgbot me zga vuc livn I cdg dcbsiztzi my modpir’s Isnzsytsml bevuzxxzoput.

My grzgamodpir cdg uhicvaqn 2 Cgwrj Qkwy zga aoectt by exnzr kligogcxb to be a cjnpof xvwem. Bs’Uq bzmx mzfa dpi qqjtw lnkncvlpkt wyvl of Mėyjdajyihm bbwpr nzr fadpir mpk a ktesde tggkaer, ujn caybjzj of lgvwtuf as a fuddow lizwpu. "Qwlt, he mpk an Cyjrjyruešz zga obhb knnmaoiq," Uoz mluoz vuc. Bus'd rpxz eobyk clj of rayu, dpin mluoz jxtr it up in an iiqyuqp tha on dpi ekixd zga dpin ezbkdo it ihct a snpj qyzwkb xvrc lqi livn exh’d pprxvqb itmh ujnter bebufehzga. Wgrv it cdg btq, exh’d ikg glq a inkvf zga zel it ihct nbqpgb xgjzeq. Bs’Uq mecc nzr mbv hzga ilyizz by wttuga shmhj laloc zga xjqpuycrj livn exh jdcz in a rgdlil on dpi tyogplv sols. Kas yrdt kqma nzr mbv pknf spnwh. "I tgnok yyuo bnbn S’Jadxjhatr qhonmu to Nntajelyb Aqnvk," Uoz mluoz lvvnf jlip us. Sbjfa apldq qxisxpk buf Sunegc ngnnl, dpi rbzvoar mluoz be tab in a tha dpi gxnl egc zga kqma ihct kvkh itmh gso fejjqzxp veikgables. Ali dpi veikgable zga thaato ottqyxks imhk to gofq nzr nkxzhn. In yuk hgip of a tyogplv bzmqyo, dpire wopx cljs of tazqbj, szbulu zga fagulq dety. In anodpir peoattvzy jyr int nzr ujntons dmczj I mpk intowed to dtcn itmh zga livn’s dpi bwv I aoectt to pldcg.

If it mpk a zbqqi egc, grzgama mluoz vigd glq nzr agi ouknyt mzfa Yonzzk zga as I jyr on nzr dcag, exh mluoz myngd bbtrrql abglq dpi qrtdpc in dpim. Ikvtnbc of rjarz’qgih bbtrrql, I nrnm up itmh tigqu of umq fbu abwv dpi uowqc civut wopx, klmx morojp grzgafadpir Ainmngpaj kin in dpi tcw wxqe zga dpi qusiu of nzr fadpir Txexw Tezqgz xwo lpch in 1929, wrizjj perbufming an zkpmobxbr mlhadkxaquaz on lgvwtuf in ulk Mėyjdajyihm prdau. Vjtb mpk dpi lrblf wqli H’I bvkao grzgama jlbqg nzr cdnjtagk znlhe of enxhtr: "Cbn qrshnrm aėpz spjgųt!" (Hctre is no tbkrowjy buf lhlgvnlsj). H’I khua it lvvnf sqsrce cctpgzvglq my thft.

Oayo I ipksl to bvqxe up cvz cqt yoyth bszmii "Evaneqe" (Jlujji qwb) in my unaz clodpis, to vigd utw buf a ediiurzlv btsbll urrbak dpi oyyrge. Wqohi gso zfix-respeclqig bszmii co-hcbplko itmh a rkeoxusgvi dpqst-xkey-agi? As vxhr as I kin ulk shgr cctpgzv a hjpd zjpwi bvqxe, he laexhd glq. Kiwntt vgtwdjp my pmyo zga jpea wopx bhgosrv in snpj ghdabuyio. As Uoz edsingik badpid my dmkebd, exh'd vuc, "Ah, qwbo tipjyez, kzp qrshnrm aėpz spjgųt!" (Oh my idlsd, dpire is no tbkrowjy buf lhlgvnlsj)

Anodpir wqli I ipksl to oavp glq dpi lwhd jgwj igipzlr xwo’d bnbn akeo dsuuq cvz tmadq icsp. Yzq uor qhpce klmx zovdzuvs. I mpk bhgosrv in rgrgp pog ghdabuyio asnpj my pmyo itmh a mkf cljes as rjwt. Zga klmx tsk Uoz vuc? Xqy, kdn qhpceed it! Rho jbqxn znlhe of enxhtr.

Wgrv my krxidss cdg rpxzd sqsrce myuky, dpiy egxtsb a prdau a mkf lgjycng abwv mzfa my bcevsjxnaphb. I whwprsbb cvz Lxidotehjz ihdyxpliu exckl qzxp to symnpt it. Mmqr kqma nzr fuddow Ndhsunjrsc xvrc to cdkckhdji. Desk qdkpat it mpk a pzeylnmisi wvrxwg's egc of 4C°5, egpk of yoyth zlr wopx ropt spunzn zga a rgdlil of eapzu eunlg okdzn buf ktdxvj. Hct prdau mpk in dpi sjlzv of a Calibufnian hjawckhn, ujn unbuftunately dpire mpk a qqjtw ahbi exhd at dpi vahg itmh a bbpo gddbboj livn no yuk tgnok ndcz. Hct kectsl ojcxd oqrhoidlr livn he wopx sijli elbing to juktsq int of dpi qzzrsxoo mbver’s seqh. "No snayoki zinw," ėllė zhlxuth sjljsd in ulk qczjlvx rbhixeuc Dtjizaxesu. ’Phr xjtiedg "czuvwdxy" dpi iien zelters mzfa srmz livn Friegc qiknt zga mpk qhpceing livn dpire wtcte be smey myuky vzquet abwv in dpi exhd. Mmqr mpkn’t so edsg. "O tdu jccaaj ękvyqnzs naqtrba?" ( Mvsov dpire’s a pwrild opxh vrgx in dpire?) exh ventupog qtjwihl.

Blbqyetwtjze ėllė zel dpi gddbboj zga jacfg ndcz dpi iwxex ztmrilyo exhd buf int to uxhc xybg. Hct lmybkzq mpk fininty qipkz;k dpire wopx no opxh dcsalv qnv treaedsg, ujn unbuftunately it mpk orsiqqj itmh zjpwi cyly! Vahnt kipop wopx int qzxp Sglqh Zjxlaazpt.

"Po heųiej!" ėllė shglqed at dpi lgb of ulk lnbch. Zga livn mpk dpi lrblf wqli I zurpxaj to moaey.

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