Our oldest daughter, Maria, is starting Senior Infants next week. We didn’t have to prepare much except to buy a uniform – just pants, a sweater and a t-shirt. I wish I could buy the books and everything that is needed but I don’t really know what is needed. Anyway I think it won’t be a problem to buy the stuff later.
Our youngest daughter will not go to kindergarten as she is only two years old so she stays at home with me or with her grandma if I find a job.
Our summer holidays were great – we visited a number of places and events. In June we went to Tayto Park with a group of Ukrainian children from our Ukrainian school in Dublin. As we drove closer to the park it was amazing to see the tallest attraction covered in Ukrainian flags. What great support for our country and our people.
First we visited the attractions together as a group and then my two girls and I went to the children’s zone after lunch. Suddenly Maria ran after two girls and tried to scare them, but I couldn’t run that fast and she got lost…
I was still trying to locate her 40 minutes later along with a member of staff who had a walkie talkie and an Irish lady who asked how my daughter was dressed and took my phone number.
In the meantime I had run through all the places several times and called out loud. I didn’t know what to do… Eventually I found her in the bushes near the edge of the pond. The rest of the day was perfect. It’s an amazing park and the kids really enjoyed it.
We live in Balbriggan and attended two local festivals this summer. Living very close to the port and the beach, we couldn’t miss these events… and since the summer was very hot, we survived the heat by going to the beach frequently.
The Balbriggan Summer Festival took place in early June and on the third day there was a big fireworks display. We attended the Balbriggan Beach Festival in August. There were yoga classes, beach volleyball, African drums and master classes for the little ones. Another day I took Maria to see an animated film at the Omniplex in Balbriggan. I promised her we’ll do it again soon. We also visited AquaZone in Blanchardstown and Aqualife in Bray, a town I like a lot.
And that’s not counting the number of patriotic events we took part in in support of Ukraine, in support of the Ukrainian army and the Azov defenders who are now imprisoned by Russian occupiers.
Ukraine is fighting a cruel war and these days we are worrying and praying for the country and its people.
During the week, it was Ukraine’s Independence Day, celebrating 31 years of independence. There was a march from the GPO in Dublin to the Embassy of Ukraine and my children’s grandparents went downtown to attend.
But not everyone supports Ukraine. A few weeks ago I was terribly disappointed to learn that a pro-Russia meeting was taking place in central Dublin.
Some Irish held placards in support of “the suffering people of Donbass” and against “Ukrainian Nazis”. Other signs said “People should know the real truth” and so on.
It was really uncomfortable stress.
In conversation with Katie Byrne
https://www.independent.ie/life/diary-of-a-ukrainian-refugee-it-was-amazing-to-see-the-highest-attraction-in-tayto-park-covered-in-ukrainian-flags-41937765.html Diary of a Ukrainian refugee: ‘It was amazing to see the highest attraction in Tayto Park covered with Ukrainian flags’