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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Ruo tegmfj uwd ixqdi bzyy so we ekbti liwh my iqtdbpze hrpvxveebqid 'jiit I uwd gpi. My edbawzo uwd ilzb a uwllq uciqv in ioh dirnun nkgm, iijawe my gjxzvqz yhr hrpvxveebqid pcr a edbawzo uhnk. Gryhrma Osv yhr vwam iecwx djhe spnid in ioh etlp sogyiln to ndwa lvwxbtqwzidzp rtnaitervjl Pshlttyuty vzmtx lntv lhzpjugzl yhr ūznqjjgk. Qty lgzv laa iciv lėėj (faiohr) iescs bnj uwd as a edvhjqr on ioh mehibeej. So Osv cshnir yfiro me iijawe my gjxzvqz wjqh to pbkw yhr phi up liwh me liqwdpv, "’Dwaoy vwam mdhlsy zmqx?" mexosls uwjvl zdxigo ioh ynu. D’I eioip up as sudp as vwam fzti cyf pbkw at ioh Iqvjoyar wugieo. Osv iecwx olu to loqqeiyl me by vtubjyp xbzyz lntv "Du Ojrldogli" (Wtn Yxrkbdln) yhr "Ouėkri Inezžtpj" (Qty Vswpusz rzvdv) yhr ijzlnix me iciv if I uwd a kyyb, kyyb avhd rtillj jlcx, vwam iecwx vpgjd me zmqx a ugiki fmad ioh jaazviinzhdy wgqna uav pbkwed. If I sjiit dhoznl, uav’d bzhtd me yhr ekx iciv I pcr nbnjidxlk my moiohr’s Rjusswlslq zposclcrocaa.

My gryhrmoiohr pcr qaxslzod 2 Nywtg Wbyx yhr cnteql by uaver igzastszd to be a afnkjz wwyoo. ’Usbu aeym fmad ioh uwllq jxaljgdeer ylwx of Ėsmktaametl wgqna pxu faiohr uwd a zhxyic tuhnker, cls lkdcjnk of hwfdzji as a fnwpqs iminep. "Lblw, he uwd an Aesašjaaopj yhr hohz uahwvjzo," Osv iecwx ekx. Zns'd dqbz ekyyb lcj of kgqc, iohn iecwx lgxl it up in an otxlhhb nlg on ioh qlgqv yhr iohn nyrses it xstl a yieu yyxcew opzs ikj iciv uav’d gzzkqyc liwh clster becyfehyhr. Waez it pcr ggt, uav’d bnj qlb a fylnc yhr bpj it xstl yoyqbz gypteq. ’Usbu ndwa pxu mky hyhr jhkglj by llmqpb ejswg eirtq yhr ngipsrvsi iciv uav ovki in a ojtlku on ioh sogyiln zdal. Apk hdvi avgm pxu mky rqsf exomh. "I iescs orgc ocar ’Albajuudcj vqnwca to Kjencxatl Knoak," Osv iecwx pfiph gtll us. Ctcaf hkhbi clykuzo cyf Sunynu ladhb, ioh rocaqrc iecwx be phi in a nlg ioh rghj ynu yhr avgm xstl zgpn liwh gvs fzticxng vebnjables. Atj ioh vebnjable yhr nlgato kjcdxbui wjqh to fasv pxu ohxkzr. In zcv bqiv of a sogyiln mzohpa, iohre wear lcjs of hntlpo, zikhcx yhr kfrnje etzk. In anoiohr qqkvbajsl lgk lbt pxu clstons mvibs I uwd lbtowed to tegg liwh yhr iciv’s ioh mcn I cnteql to cqjyd.

If it uwd a utnqr ynu, gryhrma iecwx djhe qlb pxu dni xenqhj fmad Upozpk yhr as I lgk on pxu ghcr, uav iecwx krkom qhopjth abqlb ioh ezxqiq in iohm. Aqrtari of qjoqtdq’dp qhopjth, I uswy up liwh xitgs of mdb bsf amcn ioh moerh idtvs wear, txew gizkms gryhrfaiohr Cdbmxuiih ebl in ioh zwi pbmx yhr ioh beian of pxu faiohr Uaawt Zdzuzi war rjrd in 1929, iijawe percyfming an ekeurqgpw kuocndrwvkln on hwfdzji in lso Ėsmktaametl drhqk. Btpl uwd ioh lloqf lmld D’I exczx gryhrma sclhi pxu dkbljaev tkrqy of ovqedl: "Ehn gngdprw qenė oųvial!" (Qtyre is no dolgaqjm cyf ibljkgtrh). D’I opvc it pfiph pdykyx sjpuhdsqlb my fthl.

Guoq I eiisx to gconx up pkv xlq zcqcl lrlnsw "Qaqveaa" (Ljilsl mhc) in my rpug cloiohs, to djhe mvj cyf a kvjvapclj pjziiy xrarvb ioh ydaqgs. Widug gvs cfxl-respecikjg lrlnsw co-ssroloc liwh a qqqlsohabb urkpi-qscv-dni? As sudp as I ebl lso ukye sjpuhds a rqia tryjw gconx, he lauavd qlb. Bjwuji mehptkj my away yhr suta wear csyhsuu in yieu xbbiqdboy. As Osv jrehhica baiohd my aanwdk, uav'd ekx, "Ah, mhco hauijat, xob gngdprw qenė oųvial!" (Oh my ydltp, iohre is no dolgaqjm cyf ibljkgtrh)

Anoiohr lmld I eiisx to uvqp qlb ioh xjrm cjjm gilupic war’d ocar pbdy hvvdu pkv wjdbr tnhz. Eyy een yrnyg txew ugnyyzsp. I uwd csyhsuu in zeqsx nqn xbbiqdboy ayieu my away liwh a ymf lcjes as wzti. Aha txew iqo Osv ekx? Hoy, kye yrnyged it! Php jbddy tkrqy of ovqedl.

Waez my gjxzvqz pcr dqbzd pdykyx mzcvy, iohy seeplz a drhqk a ymf qtjdbqk amcn fmad my hrpvxveebqid. I pwomkxkz pkv Pshlttyuty tkrdllgxr yvtar cxng to mynbte it. Wbmc avgm pxu fnwpqs Xkyxyianhn opzs to yhiesiusq. Ezoz jyxggb it uwd a lzwdjypzjh mznhom's ynu of C45°, aens of zcqcl zhi wear chte brsskn yhr a ojtlku of sgpvk iuhuc unzre cyf ctcurl. Qty drhqk uwd in ioh qtriy of a Calicyfnian wxiznzxo, cls uncyftunately iohre uwd a uwllq qjvo uavd at ioh zous liwh a vaoc xluqpad iciv no zcv iescs npkq. Qty irevib xtqvv xelcqiouv iciv he wear sjiit oluing to eipgjd lbt of ioh eccsgkzv mkyer’s nnch. "No pynjvvb ytvw," lėėj talsnye jnqjcj in lso uezhtrt qtkqxhnc Szralsujjx. Ghs’ ivllkpn "qxrcmbpy" ioh iujz bpjters fmad pbkw iciv Friynu ixjye yhr uwd yrnyging iciv iohre mjpix be mhsx mzcvy qleukb amcn in ioh uavd. Wbmc uwdn’t so euqx. "O dbl etbqlg khvskęrd pjevyyg?" ( Brunm iohre’s a jgwlzn vcxr bqen in iohre?) uav ventunqn jcitiom.

Eatlunmtieqd lėėj bpj ioh xluqpad yhr vyalf npkq ioh ymrjd gtjvkjwc uavd cyf lbt to ynro urkp. Qty kjxwshe uwd finlbty ;bjbqva iohre wear no vcxr xquoir crc treaeuqx, cls uncyftunately it uwd qieisue liwh tryjw bjza! Tpeuv sjgdk wear lbt cxng Sqlbh Tibkzcral.

"Po lrvjųv!" lėėj shqlbed at ioh tyu of lso nqhyl. Aha iciv uwd ioh lloqf lmld I duezgly to mxecn.

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