Tears of Hope
A nice lady who spoke a foreign language had given Solomiya water colors and a piece of paper. But what to paint? Closing her eyes, she saw nothing but tanks, bomb planes, soldiers, and destroyed buildings.
There was a flag painted on the suitcase that she used as a table. Solomiya decided to copy it, hoping that it would bring her mother’s smile back.
Staring at her present, the mother’s tears fell like rain over it and mixed with the colors. Soon, she was looking at green plants, optimistically sprouting from a yellow sun and a blue sky.