My father told me the jaw-dropping story of how he and his brother Henry played with a homemade pistol in the USSR (now Ukraine) in the 1930s. I was struck with how lives were endangered and how lives were protected. Amazing things that happened, and that didn’t happen. Good people who played an important role. And the thread that runs through it all is faith. And humour!
I have notes that my father told me that story before, but I had forgotten. It was like hearing it for the first time. How could I forget something like that?
The pistol story is included in what may be the first chapter of my father's biography. I submitted the story, "My Education as a Communist," to the Friends of the White Rock Library creative writing contest this summer. They tell me that I will be awarded an honourable mention for the story on November 5.
If you’re in the area that afternoon, you’re welcome to attend. If you can’t make it, I hope to record the reading, and maybe other readings as well. A booklet with all the winning stories will be available for purchase. One of my writer friends, Robert Ramsay, is being recognized for several of his stories. I always enjoy the humour he brings. The winning entry is actually a poem by another member of our local writers' club! Maybe there is a chance for me yet!
- Irene Plett
TOPICS: biography, writing contests, Ukraine, USSR, communism, inspiration, faith