By John Leigh Walters
Zarah Petri was once somewhat lady while her relations left Hungary to discover a brand new existence in Canada within the Nineteen Twenties. She confirmed spunk and a superb mind's eye that might serve her good as a brand new immigrant and younger married lady. Zarah and her kinfolk lived in the course of the melancholy, and he or she realized to make ends meet in anyway she may, even bending the legislations if worthwhile. Her son John writes this touching memoir, advised within the first individual, in Zarah’s personal designated voice. Her remembrances are often humorous, occasionally unhappy yet consistently entertaining.
Readers won't quickly disregard the expressive, albeit now and then ungrammatical, voice of Zarah Petri - a lady whose brave spirit, beneficiant middle, and fierce independence as she confronts no matter what demanding situations destiny conjures make her invaluable of our consciousness and appreciate, as she beckons us to hitch her in studying anew the rustic to which she journeyed such a lot of years in the past.
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What did she do with him? She would not kill him, I am certain about that one, because like most villagers, Oma had a great respect for animals. Even the slaughter animals for meat were treated properly. We would always have a pig, which we fed on kitchen scraps and grain, but the pig was never slaughtered by we who raised it. Always a stranger would be asked to do it in. And we were forbidden to give the animal a name, just calling it “the pig” because giving it a name would give it a persona, making the necessary killing of it more difficult.
In the night in such cold conditions, the eye being just water really, the left eye frozen stiff. I knew it was froze when I got off the train. There was no pain at the time. But a head’s ache was developing, along with a throbbing in the eye. I knew this was serious. How much worse could it get? I knew from experience that a frozen foot or a frozen hand, left unattended, rots. Can a frozen eye rot, too? Well, as you can believe, it was becoming apparent to me that I should not have stolen a ride on the train.
My mother coming off the passenger car now looked much different to me, her clothes unrecognizable, colourful now rather than the strong dark colours she wore while living in Becse. And she looked much older. When she left over two years ago she was small and fragile, now appearing in a much stronger form. And she was obviously pregnant. As a ten year old, even if a child, I was able to recognize the condition having seen it so often in the animals of the pasture. indd 47 01/12/09 9:40 AM 48 john leigh walters In these matters I was sophisticated, full of information and able to identify and clearly determine.
A Very Capable Life: The Autobiography of Zarah Petri (Our Lives) by John Leigh Walters