Aunt Marichka

“My cousin has been bathed in the right blend of herbs when she was a newborn. You know: with the incantations and spells so that the boys would love her.  She was very popular with boys in school and the university. One even killed himself.  Burned himself to death… She has a hard life; so clever, has a PhD but her husband moved out.  Her elderly father lives with her and is half mad, she is fighting cancer too…   Love her positive attitude though: “We’ll all die eventually”.

My grandmother did not do the same spells and bath when I was born: “You don’t need it, Hanya.  It’s not so simple. It takes back as much as it gives,” she said later. “