This is a week of transition for my family, so I'm bringing back one of the most loved, listened to, and commented on episodes ever - "I am Piotr's Granddaughter" with guest Lydia Cottrell
In this powerful episode, Lydia embarks on a search to find her long-lost family in a tiny Ukranian village. Impossibly, she finds them and says, "They immediately knew that I belonged to them.
As Lydia is joyfully reunited with this long-lost extended family she says, "When I turned around, there on the table were the same foods I had grown up eating.”
Lydia shared this beautiful story centered around Varenyky (otherwise known as pierogies) . We learn why she is so very proud to call herself Piotr’s Granddaughter. I also came to understand how proud Piotr would be of his granddaughter Lydia.
- Why Lydia keeps a piece of coal on her kitchen windowsill
- Working in Ukraine after the wall fell
- Finding long-lost family
- Trading shots of homemade vodka with a dying woman
- Lessons for adoptive families