What more is to be said?
Lets see some pictures which can speak volumes...
. Together at last ...
. Enduring love ...
. With Mom on Cloud 9 ...
. On Mothers Day --May 13, 2001
. All smiles:
Mom with her neighbour, Mrs.Cazacu.
. Lunch time in Moms Room ...
. More Smiles: Mom just turned 85!
on April 28, 2001. She is enjoying tremendously my latest present --her newly reupholstered armchair which once was mine...
. Some reading ...
(Near the telephone is my birthday card with a Chinese ceramic tree that mom had also received from me on her special 85th birthday.)
. Time for some reflections ...
(On the wall is a picture of a most famous oil painting that we had --a clown painted by the Romanian painter Tonitza.) Also in the background can be seen my laptop where my mom and I read together until wee hours my Great Escape story...
. Plenty of time for more reflections on life, on what was, what is, and what could have been ...
(From the many presents that my mom had received from me, the clock behind was the one that she liked the most. I will never forget that moment of happiness beaming from her face upon receiving the clock: I had to have a kiss from her . . . Also she was quite fond of her new Seiko watch which she continuously was wearing.)
. My God what a long life I had outliving all my nine (9) siblings ...
. And that is all there is ...
. The empty living room ...
(We have great cognac, coffee, tea, chocolate, and raisins from America ...
and great Romanian red wines, cheese, and lots of pastry ...)
(... All this, with new coffee cups, tea mugs, glassware, and silverware ...)
Thank you for your visit.
Love you all and especially my granddaughter Karin . . .
FROM Karin (age 23), Loma Linda, CA, USA
May 30, 2001.Hello Kalman [Klim],
I just wanted to thank you for the letter you sent me and the picture of [grandma] Piri - I really appreciated it! . . . our love for Piri is truly bond forming. I used the picture on your site of Piri reflecting as wallpaper for my computer. If you would like, I have a beautiful picture of her that I could send you - it was taken a few years ago, but it is my favorite picture of her and I have an enlarged copy of it hanging in my bedroom. . . . I also want to thank you for translating [into Romanian] the letters that I have written her - that means so much to me - she has always served as a role model for me - and I am glad that she realizes how much I love her and how much she means to me. I sent my [little] sisters the website you made for Piri as well, they have never really had the chance to know her - and your pictures capture her quite well. I thank God that you were there for her . . . and for her birthday! Once more, thank you . . .
With lots of love
P.S. from Klim: These current pictures were taken with the same Russian camera (Zorki) that I took with me when I left Romania in 1969! [See Part 9 of my Great Escape story.]
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Mom's father gravestone
in Timisoara, Romania