|Tamara, Sally & Fred Vallongo|
|Beth Anne Varney|
& Vera at Karen's
|Gary Varney at his house with Vera and Natalia.|
|I'm sharing a Sylvania bench with Karen and Tonya.|
Karen Irion Tank hosted Tonya from Starobelsk; they adored each other from the start. Karen is a pianist and piano teacher and Tonya sings. One night at a gathering at Karen's home, Tonya sang an Edith Piaff song, accompanied by Karen. Talk about an"exchange"! So moving. Karen was enthralled with her guest. "She's a philosopher! We can talk about everything. She is thoughtful and talented." One of Tonya's talents is cooking, and like Vera, she made her host a delicious red borscht. Karen was thrillled to be a host. "It enriched my life," she said. "I will miss Tonya." Their bond is deep and heartfelt.
|In the middle between Vera and Natalia, in my living room.|
|Natalia in front of my apartment house on Main,|
Sylvania. We couldn't believe it was true!
|Daughter Michelle, grandkids, & Mike Stein,|
Philip's granddad, who dropped him off
to play with his cousins..
|At TMA cafe.|
She met my family. Elissa was around for meetings and greetings, at Laura's Russian class, at a farewell reception at the Sylvania Heritage Museum. We paid a special visit to Michelle and her kids, and to my granddaughter Julia and her son Philip. Natalia had heard so many stories, and now she got to meet my kids and grandkids, in person. How unbelievable. "I didn't have hope I would ever come here," she said. "But now I do. I have hope." And of course we went shopping, to the Mall, to Marshalls, Gabes, Clothes Mentor, to this store and that. She had a blast finding great "bargains." It was a side of Natalia I hadn't known in Starobelsk. Of course there aren't many big stores there either!
|Natalia with Laura, daughter Elissa, |
artist Martin Nagy, who taught the
girls at Maumee Valley and is active
in GLC and the Hungarian Club.
It's a small world!
|In front of the old Cary family home on Robinwood in|
the Old West End of Toledo. Natalia loved it.
|Natalia, Tonya, Vera, last|
night in Sylvania.
|TMA! After a walk through the OWE.|
|Shopping, and more shopping.|