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Henry M. Robert

A resident of Volyn writes a fairytale about Heavenly Sotnia

15 April, 2014 - 11:29

A mother of three, Yulia Smal is a chemist by profession, but without doubt is a talented litterateur. She writes wonderful stories about love and incredible mystic things, and even people who have never admired this genre read and reread them; she also writes poems for children. She manages to do this in the atmosphere when eight-year-old twins Olenka and Marko and one-year-old Les demand her attention. It seems that Yulia’s motherhood is crucial for everything she is involved in. Therefore the family is worried about the events in Ukraine in the same way as about simple everyday things, or even more.

Of course, children have heard about the Maidan and Heavenly Sotnia. Since their mother can write fairytales, she wrote one about the courageous Ukrainians whose souls went from the Maidan and Instytutska Street to Heaven, so that the children on their level could understand what adults care about. It was Eduard Prystupa, a soloist of the Nedilia (Sunday) Band who asked Yulia to write such fairytale. He is working on a project of audio recording of Ukrainian poems for children, Virsholiubyky (Verse-Lovers). Yulia says he asked a fairytale which could be set to music and read. However, this one turned out to be too painful, later she wrote a more fairytale-like, but less painful, which actually will be recorded. The first one remains for the Internet. Children perceive it calmly, unlike adults who cry while reading it. Maybe, it’s because, like Yulia’s daughter Olenka said, “Mom, I know what love is, but I don’t know quite well what death is.” The children, who read their mother’s fairytale, said it was interesting and asked whether all who were killed became angels.

By Natalia MALIMON, The Day, Lutsk