Although Kathryn was born in Canada, she has spoken Ukrainian all her life. However, her first time to visit the land where Ukrainian is spoken in the streets was in 1999. She and her husband, who was born in Ukraine, have taken their three children to visit family, friends, and churches in Ukraine many, many times since then.
Kathryn loves Ukrainian village life where she can wander down a street and end up invited in for tea to a stranger’s house. Kathryn has a special place in her heart for the widows she has met. She can sit for hours as a widow pours out her life story, shows Kathryn her goats or ducks or dogs, and shares a beverage or a snack.
“How do you know all these widows?” her husband once asked her, amazed that she knew so many people in his hometown.
“I must be a widow magnet,” she said. “Oftentimes I ask if I can take their photo, and next thing you know, I’m in their house as they tell me all about themselves. And then when I see them again, it’s like we’re best friends! All I do is sit and listen—and take their photos.”