Archive for February 7, 2010

Zhainagul Wished She Knew Her Four Grandparents Better

Even though I was not as close to my grandparents as I wished to be, I know that they were good people and hard workers.  That is, the Soviet society demanded hard work from them at that time. They were caring parents for my future mom and dad and trustworthy neighbors in the country.  My grandparents from my father’s side were from the south of Kazakhstan and the grandparents on my mother’s side were from west of Kazakhstan.

The eldest of my grandparents is my grandfather from my father’s side, his name was Islam.  He was born in 1923.  He became handicapped from getting injured in World War II.  As a result, he was never able to work, but he was a person of strong will and kept himself very disciplined, requiring the same from people around him.

My grandfather from my mother’s side, Karen, was one year younger than my grandfather Islam. He was born in 1924 and was a very good looking man.  He claimed he worked in a phosphate fertilizer factory but my mother believes that he was connected to the production of military equipment for the Soviet Union which was kept a secret.

Aimkhan is my grandmother from my father’s side. She was a magnificent person spreading harmony but unfortunately I did not have a chance to know her due to her untimely death when I was three years old.  My eldest sister, who spent her initial four years of life with this grandmother, once mentioned that I look most like her (my parents’ four children look very different from each other).  From the same source, I know that she had “tasty hands” for cookery.  Her elegance in everything is what made her incomparable.

My mother’s mother, Zhupar, was an iron lady compared to her soft-tempered husband.  Her demanding policy in quest for perfectionism had different effects on her children. This does not erase the fact that she wanted only the best for them.  Even though she had her favorite grandchildren from her two sons, saying that I did not receive enough of her love would not be fair.  She was very attentive and the most willing to give advice concerning any aspect of your being, like, “Spend your time wisely, since nobody is going to get your work done.”

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