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Has she ever been happy? by Irina Chuckowree

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As a child, she survived the war and the German occupation, the train bombing and the separation from her mother… She lived through the difficult post-war years, near-famine and hard labour associated with that time… She managed to build a loving and secure home for her family, often neglecting her own needs and wishes…
At night, she dreams about rye bread and how much she wanted it all those years ago, when she, a mere five-year old, was digging frozen potatoes on an abandoned field in December 1941…

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  • LisaBeth
    LisaBethover 3 years ago

    a happy life…with so much in the eyes…too much but very strong still.Beauutiful light and setting!!

  • dear Lisa, thank you for your kind words!

    – Irina Chuckowree

  • Nikolay Semyonov
    Nikolay Semyonovover 3 years ago

    wonderful portrait and intro, Irina! well done!

  • thank you very much, Nikolay. I appreciate your comment!

    – Irina Chuckowree

    JUSTARTover 3 years ago

    great shot

  • Nestor
    Nestorover 3 years ago

    That curtain really makes it. It has dream pictures on it, in its pattern, of a life she might be looking on at but didn’t have. And she has such a resilient face, looking younger than she must be. As a piece I find it symbolically astute, intelligent and without sentimentality.

  • Jenny, thank you so much. Your words mean a lot to me.

    – Irina Chuckowree

  • Nikolay Semyonov
    Nikolay Semyonovover 3 years ago

    I just thought that you can’t be happy about the past, whatever it might have been. it’s a matter of here and now. from her look, I can see her in complete peace of mind. it’s better than happiness which is a just chemical reaction

  • don’t know… perhaps. she has very poor health, but the daily tasks keep her going. she says that if ever she has to stop and rest, then it wiil be the end for her. all her life she must have been just doing things that had to be done, no matter at what cost to her. she doesn’t think much about what life she had/has. she’s just lucky to have one.

    – Irina Chuckowree

  • Jenny Ryan
    Jenny Ryanover 3 years ago

  • thank you, Jenny! much appreciated!

    – Irina Chuckowree

  • Nikolay Semyonov
    Nikolay Semyonovover 3 years ago

    congrats on the feature you sure deserve… try listening

  • thank you for the link! it is a very beautiful story.

    – Irina Chuckowree

  • Yvonne Roberts
    Yvonne Robertsover 3 years ago

    Great capture. Sounds a lot like my Mom’s story. Her country was occupied as well. She was 8 when the war started. Her mother made dresses out of old flour sacks for her and her sister.

  • thank you, Yvonne, for the comment and your Mom’s story!

    – Irina Chuckowree

  • photosbytony
    photosbytonyover 3 years ago

    Beautiful portrait! tony

  • many thanks, Tony!

    – Irina Chuckowree

  • Valerie Rosen
    Valerie Rosenover 3 years ago

    wow! touching and poignant! :-) val

  • thank you, Val!

    – Irina Chuckowree

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