Igorek left for the front on the morning of October 2, 1941. He was shown off by the whole communal apartment. Volodya’s neighbor, sent to the rear with a heavy wound, gave him male advice – there was no one else to do it, Igor did not have a father. Standing in the open doorway of the communal apartment, Anna Fyodorovna glanced at the boy’s flexible boy’s back.
She received from Igor a single letter in which he wrote about the war and asked to send the address of Rimma from a neighboring entrance – he wanted, like other soldiers, to receive letters from the girl. The second letter of Anna Fedorovna received from sergeant Vadim Perepletchikov. He wrote about the death of his friend Igor. A week later came the funeral. Crying her son, Anna Fyodorovna “stopped
Previously, she was a bookkeeper, but in 1941 she voluntarily went to work as a mate at the Savyolovsky railway station, and so she stayed there. The woman shared her food cards with five orphaned families of her apartment, her spacious kitchen “bitterly celebrated communal wake”. Five widowed women “living wall” shielded their children from death.
Only Volodya returned home from all the communal men. Soon he married Rimma from a nearby entrance. Anna Fyodorovna hardly reconciled with this – for her Rimma was the girl of Igor. Every evening she read the letters from Igor and Sergeant Perepletchikov. The paper was completely worn out, and Anna Feodorovna made copies, which were lying in a folder on the nightstand. She hid the originals in the box where her son’s things were stored.
Neighbors did not forget about Anna Feodorovna. Only once offense “ran a black cat.” Vladimir, at the wedding of which Anna Feodorovna was a planted mother, promised to name her first child Igor, but Rimma was against and secretly wrote down her son Andrew – in honor of the deceased father. Almost half a year the woman did not notice the baby. One day Andrew was sick. A young mother came running for help to Anna Feodorovna, and since then she became a “real grandmother” for the boy. Rimma promised to call Igor her next child, but the girl Valechka was born.
Time passed, the communal residents changed, and only two families did not move. Vladimir and Rimma understood that Anna Fyodorovna would never leave the apartment where her son grew up. “By the beginning of the sixties, they eventually managed to get the entire five-room apartment” with the condition that one room would be converted into a bathroom. The family council decided that Anna Fyodorovna, retired, would no longer work, she would stay behind her grandchildren to keep an eye on them.
She re-read the letters every evening. It turned into a necessary ritual for her. The letters sounded for Anna Feodorovna with the voices of her son and the sergeant she did not know, only the funeral was always silent, like a tombstone. The woman did not dare to admit to this habit of a rejuvenated apartment.
In 1965, on the occasion of the Victory anniversary, many military chronicles were shown on TV, which Anna Fyodorovna never watched. Only once did she glance at the screen, and it seemed to her that the narrow boyish back of Igor had flashed there. Since then, the woman all day sitting close to the small screen TV “KVN”, hoping once again to see his son. It did not pass for her for nothing. Anna Feodorovna began to get blind, and soon the letters stopped ringing. The glasses prescribed by the ophthalmologist helped to walk, but she could no longer read.
By this time, the civil engineer Andrew married and moved, and Valya, who became a doctor, “without any marriage gave birth to a girl.” For the completely blinded Anna Fyodorovna, the fatherless Tanechka was the last joy. When Tanya learned to read, the woman showed her cherished letters. Now the girl read them aloud every evening, and the voices of the letters returned. Anna Feodorovna recalled the first steps of her son, his first question “And where is Papa?”. With the father of Igor, the woman was not painted, he left her when his son was three years old. She exchanged her large room and ended up in a communal apartment, where she was called a widow. Anna Fyodorovna recalled how Igor and Volodya fled to Spain, beat the fascists, his school years, and life after his death.
Soon they celebrated the eightieth birthday of Anna Fyodorovna. Rimma invited everyone who remembered Igorka and the woman was happy. Minute 1985, the anniversary of the Victory. One day, Pioneers, a boy and two girls came to Anna Feodorovna, and asked to see the letters. Then one of the girls began to demand that Anna Fyodorovna give letters to the school museum. She believed that letters to a woman are not needed, because she is old and soon will die, and their link these documents are necessary to fulfill the plan. Anna Feodorovna was unpleasant with the impudent assertiveness of the pioneer. She refused and sent the children away.
In the evening it turned out that the letters were gone. They were stolen by the pioneers. Anna Fyodorovna vaguely remembered how they whispered at the chest of drawers, where the box lay. There was silence around Anna Feodorovna. She did not hear her son’s voice anymore. But soon another voice was heard, loud, official – this was the beginning of the funeral. Tears continued to flow slowly down the cheeks of Anna Feodorovna even after she died.
And there were no places in the school museum. They were put in reserve, marking the inscription “Exhibit No.”.