Fw: [czernowitz2006] SUCEAVA JUNCTION.doc
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From: "Lucca" <Lucca99@...>
To: "Miriam Taylor" <mirtaylo@...>
Sent: Monday, May 08, 2006 1:38 PM
Subject: Re: [czernowitz2006] SUCEAVA JUNCTION.doc
> Ok, here I have to put in my two cents' worth!
> I arrived in Suceava with my parents in 1946 after crossing the border
> from Czernowitz via Seret to Suceava.There were two reasons for our
> choosing Suceava, the first one being that my father had one sister and
> one brother there, the second being the fact that Suceava was some kind of
> a diploma mill, where children who had missed out partially or completely
> on schooling could enter exams and try to get some kind of paper, deserved
> or not, stating that they have been to school.
> I tried for the 4th and 5th lyceum class. Two big brawny male cousins
> coached me unendlessly and I passed all the exams except math, of course.
> Looking at the empty page which should have been filled with the
> calculations, a young and hard-working teacher said to me:
> -"Look, girl, I will give you a passing grade because...when I think that
> you may appear here in front of me a second time, I may fall victim to a
> premature heart attack!"
> And I...who had tried flirting with him and believing that he liked
> me..But so die dreams and illusions.
> Anyway, they call it meshugge shotz because of a small, anemic stream
> named "Shipot" (don't know why). The shipot flows among green hills and is
> supposed to have magic powers, even cause colorful hallucinations; Walking
> along the shipot was a general and very romantic way to spend an afternoon
> or early evening.
> Suceava is - was then- a very charming and personable small town. On top
> of the mountain one can visit the ruins of a castle which housed Rumania's
> famous Stefan cel Mare.
> We remained in Suceava about 6 or 7 months before leaving for Bucharest
> and from there to the Caribbean. I cried saying good-bye to the Shipot,
> but when don't I cry? All my life I was fated to part from people and
> places which I loved.
> Please, Czernowitzers, enjoy seeing Suceava - this in my name too!. It has
> a special charm, an unusual flavor of its own!
> Have a good and enjoyable trip.
> Sincerely, Lucca