Sofiya Paksyutkina, Kherson

A Day in the Life of Ukraine


I was busy doing usual homework,

No ill-omened thoughts came to my mind.

But I felt that something is forgotten

Actually, that was my English task.


In a hurry I began my writing,

Put the letters in the words all wrong,

Lost my thoughts, and almost felt like crying,

Seemed to me: “I’m failure”, – and so on…


Figured out that I’d misread the topic,

Had to start my work from zero point.

Now you see this kind of silly poem,

Written in an awkward way, but true.


Dear friend,

It was a surprise for me to know that the 13th of December is an occasion called ‘A Day in the Life of Ukraine’. I really enjoyed the main idea to unite representatives of various spheres of life in Ukraine by just describing their common (or maybe not so common) day in their life.

I’m a student of the eleventh form of a specialized school in Kherson. I’m in advanced Biology and Chemistry, so it’s a piece of cake to guess that I’m going to become a doctor, to be more precise, a children’s one. Honestly, it’s not that easy to study both these subjects: it takes time, strength and nerves. In addition to this, I’m really into English. It’s always a great pleasure for me to do vocabulary work, study grammar, or practice my skills with foreigners. After the work is accomplished, understanding the language is the biggest award for me, to put it mildly.

So December 13 was more than just usual for me. We had a zero lesson of literature first. That’s how we always begin our Tuesdays, and I have to admit that it’s quite difficult to get up that early. We had 8 lessons and an afterschool class of Ukrainian to prepare for the Exam Testing at the end of the school year.

That day we had a Chemistry class and did an exciting laboratory work: we had to get an ester from a carboxylic acid and an alcohol. How happy we were to get the desired result! As you know, esters have a very pleasant fruit or flower smell. Our classroom was like a small paradise giving off aromas of pineapples, peaches, jasmine and chrysanthemum.

It is the first but extremely agreeable experience of writing such a story about a simple day in my life. Thank you for your attention.

Sofiya, in purple and stars


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