Song's Bare Feet [In Bulgarian]
Authors: R. Pankova-Karadjova
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This is a snapshot story of a young woman life in the North-West Bulgarian villages during the late 1930s. Venah Milova is on her way to visit her husband Yordan, who works at a windmill near Belogradchik. She has to walk 18 kilometres to get there, and to save her single pair of shoes, she tucks them in her bag and goes barefoot. Venah manages to hitchhike a ride in the carriage of the district constable and captivates him with her sense of humour and the words: I am a district person too. She honestly shares with him the difficulties of the poor peasant’s life her own and other families go through, hoping for a change. Impressed with the young woman’s conduct, her sincerity, confidence and her openly expressed vision, the district constable makes a special detour to deliver Venah to her destination. He then congratulates her husband Yordan for his beautiful, open-minded and hard-working wife. This is a true story, written out as part of “The history of my family” – started by Yordan, continued by their daughter Vetka Pankova and retold here by their granddaughter Rostislava Pankova-Karadjova.