Good morning friends. My heart is heavy this Monday morning, between what is happening in Ukraine and the loss of a blogging friend, I am feeling down and this post is a mind dump of my sadness and frustration. It is hard to believe and to watch in real time, an invasion, an act of aggression, a war and people suffering and dying trying to defend their country. Whatever we are calling it, hundreds of thousands of women and children are fleeing their homes and saying goodbye to the men in their lives not knowing if they will ever see their loved ones or homeland again.
I’ve studied the history of Europe and WWII in and since college and watching the news feels as if I have been transported back in time and I have a front row seat to what they endured. Can you imagine handing your children to a stranger to take them over the boarder to safety(like the Kindertransport 1938-1940)? Or sitting in an air raid shelter or the metro at night while you hear the whistle of bombs overhead? Children being hustled from school rooms and set upon shelves in the basements of schools not knowing what is next?
Miles and miles of cars filled with people trying to flee the country, and whatever they can fit, sitting like ducks in a pond while Russian planes fly overhead? Train platforms, a sea of colorful winter coats, crammed with women and children, carrying not only their bags but also their cats, rabbits, dogs and other pets, hoping for a seat on a train heading anywhere out of the country. Once on the train there is no need for a ticket says the official, because “this is war.”
I am old enough to remember the Cold War and to have celebrated its “end”, as well as the Fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Soviet Union. I have a Masters in International Relations and studied chemical, biological and nuclear weapons, watching this invasion is like a nightmare. At the helm of this train wreck blip in history, is a man who has signed into law, constitutional amendments that would allow him to run for re-election twice more. Potentially Putin could be the president until 2036! Currently he is the second longest serving president in Europe, the first is his good friend Alexander Lukashenko from Belarus. Did I forget to mention that Russia has 6,000 warheads which makes it the country with the largest nuclear arsenal in the world?
Some say this is the start to WW III, others are not so sure. All I know is that hundred of thousands of people are running for their lives and have no idea if and when they will return home, if ever and are now refugees. I realize that these are tough times for many with Covid, inflation and so much more but if you can please consider helping the people of Ukraine and keep them in your prayers.
Here are a few place that you can donate:
On another sad note, I just wanted to mention the passing of a blog friend, Paula Skulina of Virginia Sweet Pea. Paula was an amazing lady, she was a teacher for 26 years following in the footsteps of her mom and her grandmother. She was a mother to her beloved dog Sherman and wife of 25 years. On January 13th of 2017 Paula was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer and over the last 5 years has fought with all her might to live a life filled with joy, love and experiences, all while battling cancer. I met Paula about a year and a half ago in a blogging group, sadly I never met her in person, I was hoping to do that this summer. Since then I have been blown away by her creativity, kindness, compassion and positive attitude while battling day to day not only to live but to live her best life. Paula was optimistic and open to every treatment including the most recent trial she was to start on March 3rd. Paula passed away this weekend surrounded by her family. I know that she is now sharing her creativity with the angels and will continue to watch over her husband, Sherman and her mom who is also battling cancer. Paula, you will be missed, rest in peace friend.
Friends, life is full of ups and downs, blogs the same. I know that many, myself included, read blogs to see beautiful interiors, scrumptious recipes, maybe some fashion finds or book recommendations and often skip the post that share things that are considered “downers.” I get it and I would like to thank you for letting me share my thoughts on Ukraine and Paula today.
I hope that you have a wonderful week and thank you for spending a little of your day with me, I greatly appreciate you. Take care.