Hercegovina

Nothing could measure up to the happiness on my father’s face that day when I finally acknowledged his roots, his home, the village where he was born. Where his story, and my story, in a way, began. The one place he will always return to thankfully, because if it wasn’t exactly as it had been, he would have never had the courage to leave and create the life he did.

St.Stephan was the day of my father’s village in Herzegovina, and possibly one of the most spiritual experiences of my life so far. No book, no discussion, no film or mass, nothing could live up to what I was feeling throughout that whole day. The best part was that I wasn’t expecting a single thing. But, sitting in an office in 30 degree weather in Paris made me yearn for returning to this village I had known as a child. Now I am thankful I proposed the idea.

In this old stone house that my grandparents built there is so much soul, history, memories… Through stories of relatives coming in and out of the rooms of the house all day long, it was as if the spirits of all those loved ones passed away were with us there as well. We ate, told stories, recalled events and moments, and created new memories. It was like I was meeting my own family for the first time in my life, and with every new person joining us, I felt that the whole world is my family.

Marija

Nista se nije moglo mjeriti sa srecom na licu moga oca tog dana kada sam napokon odala priznanje njegovim korijenima, njegovom domu, selu gdje se rodio. Gdje je njegova prica, a na neki nacin i moja, zapocela. Jedino mjesto gdje ce se iznova vracati sa zahvalnoscu, jer da nije bilo upravo onakvo kakvo jest, ne bi nikad imao hrabrosti da se odmakne i stvori zivot kojeg je stvorio.

Sveti Stipan, svetac sela mog tate u Hercegovini. Ujedno vjerojatno i najduhovnije iskustvo mog zivota do sada. Nijedna knjiga, nijedan razgovor, nijedan film niti misa, nista se nije moglo mjeriti s onim sto sam osjecala toga dana. Najbolja stvar je ta sto nisam nista ocekivala. Sjedeci u kipucem uredu u Parizu prije nekoliko tjedana, vapila sam za ovim selom kojeg sam posjecivala kao mala. Sad sam zahvalna sto sam predlozila ideju svojima.

U ovoj staroj kamenoj kuci koju su izgradili moji preci postoji toliko duse, povijesti i uspomena. Kroz price obitelji koja je dolazila i odlazila iz kuce tijekom cijeloga dana, kao da su duhovi nasih starih isto tamo bili s nama. Jelo se, prepricavalo i prisjecalo dogadaja i trenutaka, stvaralo se i novih sjecanja. Bilo je kao da prvi put u zivotu upoznajem svoju vlastitu obitelj i sa svakom novom osobom koja nam se pridruzila, osjecala sam sve vise da mi je cijeli svijet obitelj.

Perceptive. Detailed. Impatient. Curious. Eager. Believer. Leo. marija@lestandart.com

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