The Last Candy

I went to the global foods store yesterday because I wanted to get a box of Ukrainian chocolates for a really cool colleague in advising. There used to be shelves and shelves of Ukrainian products at the store. I even tweeted out a picture once and got retweeted by the Ukrainian Minister of Agriculture.

But yesterday it was really sad. No Ukrainian products. Even the word “Ukraine” above the aisle was removed, and an empty space glares at you where the word used to be. Everything on the shelves is Russian. This is very convenient for Russia. Invade a country, murder its people, and eliminate a competitor.

After rummaging around for 20 minutes, I did find a box of Ukrainian chocolates. I looked at the manufacturing date and it’s February 17, 2022. A week before the war.

The only reason I didn’t start crying right there in the aisle is that there was a Russian couple there and I didn’t want to give them the pleasure.

Of course, there’s no way I’ll now be able to relinquish this box of candy. I’ll have to get something different for the colleague because I can’t bear to see the last candy go.


10 thoughts on “The Last Candy

  1. Something funny for a change (Yom Kippur ended just a few hours ago):

    “На русскоязычном девятом телеканале Израиля камера показывает «Стену плача», и на её фоне надпись крупным шрифтом:

    «Передачи возобновятся на исходе Судного дня».

    Фантастический оптимизм и завидная уверенность.”


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  2. American sources confirm Ukrainians were behind Dugin’s murder:

    \ The US intelligence community believes that the car bombing that killed Darya Dugina, the daughter of prominent Russian political figure Alexander Dugin, was authorized by elements within the Ukrainian government, sources briefed on the intelligence told CNN.

    May be it doesn’t hurt Ukraine, but it surely doesn’t help it either.

    Creating martyrs is not the best idea. Look at us and Palestinians.


    1. “Creating martyrs”

      How is she a “martyr” to anyone who wasn’t a crazy russian imperialist in the first place?

      This sounds like disinfo to me…

      I still think the father did it (or he took lessons in “how to look like you’re pretending to grieve the child you just had killed”).

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  3. “I can’t bear to see the last candy go”

    It will be back. Despite the war things are sort of reapproaching a semblance of pre-war normalcy. I often pass the bus station on my way to work and recently I’ve noticed a return of the buses Ukrainians use to get to Poland and back home. I can’t tell what direction they’re going because this isn’t a final stop – it’s on the line between Szczecin and Kyiv, Kharkiv, or Kherson usually – (it was explained they keep the old final stops on the bus though they obviously don’t go all the way) Yesterday when I walked by there were three buses and today four.

    I don’t think this will end super quickly but a lot of things are slowly starting back up and a lot of things will be mostly back to normal by the time it does end.

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    1. I know, it’s going to get better. Ukrainians are doing a lot to reestablish the normal business life. People joke that the two competing postal services in Ukraine enter the liberated villages before the regular troops because they are so eager to be the first to snag clients. This is very heartening.


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