Saturday, May 3, 2014
Tempting Fate - And Winning
This project, the Babas of Chernobyl was recently brought to my attention. Women in their 70s and 80s who have been living in the hot zone of the nuclear disaster for 25 years, defying authorities and choosing to return to their homes and risk their health and lives. Not as crazy as it sounds. We all take risks. Just two nights ago, 2 cars parked right outside my folks' house were broken into. They live in a 'transitional' neighborhood, on the cusp of wealth and poverty. There is a fair number of bad guys, tweakers and thieves in these parts. But the neighborhood is on the uptick with new homes, markets, and suburbanites moving back into the city in their retirement so they may walk to just about anywhere and end their isolation. These women of Chernobyl are a hearty sort, and determined to live out their lives their way. They seem to be having a good go of it, and apparently their survival rates are better than the displaced refugees of their towns. So, here's to a bit (a bit!) of daring; grabbing life by the horns, and doing it 'my way.'