Anna Tymchuk – My Hero in Olga’s Discovery

9 Feb 2014 Ruth L Snyder

NOTE: This is the third topic in a blog hop Iā€™m hosting for writers. To check out what other writers have to say on this topic, click on the button below:Blog Hop for WritersToday I would like to introduce you to Anna Tymchuck, a minor character from my historical fiction book, Olga’s Discovery. The stock photo below is exactly how I envision Anna. The story is set in the late 1950’s. Anna lives on a farm in rural Alberta. I’m aiming to have the book published in 2015.

Happy senior woman

She may be diminutive, but Anna is no pushover. Her graying hair is culture_heritage_201050_tnsusually pulled up in a bun, covered with a kerchief. Smile wrinkles line her face, belying the hardships she’s experienced in life. Blue-gray eyes twinkle with delight as she observes her nearly adult children. Her non-Ukrainian friends complain that she always smells like garlic. She just smiles and tells them they don’t know what good food tastes like. People who know her well will tell you she’s always humming. She claims it keeps her sane.

BibleAnna starts and ends her day with prayer. Her prayer book is tucked into her apron and is read often throughout the day. As the matriarch of her family, she takes her role of spiritual leader seriously. God is not some remote being to her, but a personal friend who walks close beside her each day. She prays often that her children will also develop personal relationships with their Heavenly Father. Although she trusts God, she does worry, about many things. Especially her children.

golden_wheat_icon_tnsShe spends many hours in the kitchen, but she’s equally at home around horses or doing field work. Just don’t ask her to drive a truck or tractor. She claims they have a mind of their own and are dangerous. Her hands are calloused and rough, her arms muscular, from a life of hard work. From the time she was a young child, Anna worked alongside other members of her family to eke out an existence in the Ukraine. She was courted by Wasyl Tymchuk, a tall, handsome young man from her village. At their marriage ceremony, she pledged to love, honor and obey him until death. They emigrated to Alberta, Canada, where they homesteaded and started raising their family. One tragic day, Anna had to lay Wasyl’s body to rest after a tractor crushed the life out of him. Despite the loss of her husband and the realities she faced raising four children by herself, she is a kind, gentle, godly woman.

b6_3d_coffee03_tnsPeople in the community of Gillmore look to her for friendship, wisdom, and grounding. If they need advice, she is the first person they seek out. The coffee is always on and Anna stops whatever she’s doing to sit and visit with whoever drops by to see her. Her pampushke (yeast buns filled with a poppy seed and fruit filling) are legendary.

pillar_column_108209_tnsAnna is not one of the primary characters in Olga’s Discovery, but she is twenty-one-year-old Olga’s (the main character) mother. Olga loves and respects her mother, but doesn’t share her mother’s view of God. This is a source of great concern to Anna. Throughout the story, she gently, and not so gently, reminds Olga that she needs to nurture a close relationship with God. As Olga’s life unravels, she leans more and more on her mother to be her pillar. Anna is able to offer her daughter strength because of her own faith.

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28 thoughts on “Anna Tymchuk – My Hero in Olga’s Discovery

    1. Ruth L. Snyder

      Janis, Olga’s Discovery is my work in progress. In November an editor asked to see the first 20,000 words after I sent her the proposal. I just sent it off last week and am waiting to hear whether I have a contract or not. Hopefully I can add a link soon šŸ™‚

  1. Tracy Krauss

    I knew a few ‘Anna’s’ when we lived in a small village in Sask for a few years that was mostly of Ukrainian descent. They were loving, god fearing ‘bubbas’ to me and my infant children – and besides prayer there was ALWAYS lots of delicious food!

  2. Kat

    Anna sounds like a wonderful woman to have as a mother or grandmother. I always picture such women as smelling of bread and herbs, rich home-like scents.

    Thank you for sharing and good luck with your editor!

  3. June (@AriseMummies)

    This is wonderful Ruth. I can picture Anna so clearly. She sound like a loving, kind and humble mother who wants the best for her family. I hope you get it published. I’m sure many people will benefit from reading this story. šŸ™‚

  4. Bobbie Cole

    Beautifully illustrated – what a wonderful character. I love this theme of old world meets new and differing values down the generations – ‘Tradition tradition’ in the style of Fiddler on the Roof.

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