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Peter A Serko

imageAbout five or six years ago I Googled my name, Peter Serko.  I found a number of Serkos with various first names but to my surprise I found a Peter A Serko (I’m Peter J. Serko).  I don’t recall now exactly what the website where his name appeared was or what it said since it was in Ukrainian but it was business related and it had an email address for Peter.  I took a chance and composed a short email note of introduction and sent it. 

About two weeks later out of the blue I got an email from Peter.  He clearly spoke enough English to be able to read my email and compose an understandable reply.  At the time he was married;  wife Victoria and daughter Lena.  Lena is the same age as our daughter Alice and is in the second year of college.  Since then they have had another child Dasha. They live in Dnipropetrovs’k, an industrial city, on the River Dnieper in central Ukraine. He is involved in some way with a forging company that makes buckets or blades for tractors and bulldowsers.  I have never been quite clear if he has an ownership stake in the company. 

Over the years we traded emails about basic things, since the language barrier prevents anything too indepth and have exchanged packages with a few gifts once.  For almost a year we lost touch since I misplaced his address, he finally wrote and we were back on track. 

I just got a Orthodox Christmas greeting email with the picture that appears above attached.  A beautiful family!  It is always odd to get an email from him because my Inbox from field says: Peter Serko.  I think "humm.. I didn’t send myself an email did I?".

He noted in his email how happy they were with the election of Yuschenko and how hopefully they are that a democratic government will address the big problems that the country faces.  I replied telling him how distrought we were at the election of Bush.

My hope is that at some point in the future we will be able to meet in person.