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One pair of shoes for two (VF)


“So when Lionia began work logging, and began to get some money and Ania began working but did not get any money, but since she was helping she lived off that.Then, when they did more work, Tolia finished 7th class and also started work, things got easier and we bought a cow.

I remember the shoes, to go to school we had one pair for two. Every other day I would go to school in that pair, and then my brother Sasha, in turn. We didn’t go barefoot to school. Every other day we would go, and the schoolteacher, of course, realised why. But we were good at school and missing one day in two had no effect on our results.”