Sasha Turned One Today

Sasha turned one today.

Of course, you have never heard of Sasha. Sasha is not the son of prince or a prime minister. His mother is not a movie star or a rock singer. Sasha’s family has no money. In fact, they do not have a home. Artillery fire took out the house they lived in.

Sasha lives in a bomb shelter. Underground. With no heat, no water, no electricity.

Sasha turned one today.

Sasha did not have a party or a birthday cake. No one celebrated. His mother kissed him and held him close. She stroked his hair and told him what a beautiful boy he is. A tear exploded on her cheek, and she held him tighter.

Sasha’s mother wonders if he will have another birthday, if he will go to school. The kindergartens and schools in their town have been closed for the war, some destroyed. Many of the teachers have fled.

Sasha turned one today.

And he has spent more than six months of his young life under ground. It’s too dangerous to walk to the park. Sasha has never played catch with his Dad or laughed on the merry-go-round. The merry-go-round is gone.

Sasha turned one today.

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