She has never taken sick leave. She is cheerful and resilient, adores ice-cream and doesn’t lose optimism.
For the last 12 years Dina Drevilo has been a cleaning worker at Skidziel bread factory. She was proposed to do simpler work at checkpoint. But Dina refused saying that she can’t live without movement.
I looked at her with surprise. She noticed it but shrugged her shoulders and smiled:
Dina is from Mahiliow region. After graduating from school she tried to go to the Belarussian agriculture academy in Horki. But failed.
She decided not to waste time in further attempts and went to the Creamery factory. Three more girls who also failed in entering the academy went with her.
Dina was appointed to the post of master in the ice-cream department. It was a great responsibility for her taking into account that she had no experience in the sphere. But she didn’t lose courage and enthusiasm. She was ready to work day and night to do her best.
But Dina didn’t stay there for long. In a couple of years she went to the special 2-year school for butter and cheese masters in Slutsk. Graduating from it she was assigned to the dairy factory in Skidziel. There she moved and got married. Later she went to the local industrial plant where worked as a sterilizer.
No speck of dust
Although she was retired she continued working. When the plat was closed she went to the bakery factory as a cleaner. She does her duties scrupulously. “After her you won’t find a speck of dust”, other workers claim.
She works from 7 a.m till 7 p.m every two days without even any place to sit down and have a rest. But in her 82 she looks really pretty, so slim and full of energy, with bright shining eyes. I asked her how she manages to be in such good shape.
Dina points at her old yellow bicycle, parked near the factory. She says it’s not the first one. Of course, Dina can buy a better cycle, but she is afraid it will be robbed as previous ones. That’s why she continues riding on her old but trusty two-wheel friend. Dina’s son sometimes repaints it. Earlier it was blue, now it’s yellow.
After work she also has no time for rest. Gardening, washing and cleaning… For all her life she has never been in a hospital! She fights cold and fever brewing raspberry tea and having a day or two of rest – and continues working.
She has never lost optimism, though her life was really hard and tough. Her dad died in the war, but she didn’t even see him. Her eldest son dies when he was 20 and youngest son died when he was 9. She lost even her husband… Now she lives with her middle son and is happy to see her grandchildren and great-grandsons. On the 1st of August she will be 83. But now she does’t think about rest.
I looked at this charming woman and recalled the words of the great poet Nikolaj Rubcow: “I will ride my cycle for a long time…”