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Slobo. (Part Three)
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Sunday, May 18, 2008

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Slobo Trbanek continues to recover from his recent hospital stay. His neighbor writes the story, to let people know how he's been doing since getting out of the hospital.

My name's Ethan Ray Gibbons.  I live in Tennessee, in Nashville; I live here with my wife Donna, and my four daughters, Hannah, Reanna, Haylie, and Brie.  The story, however, isn't about me.  It's more about my neighbors, the Trbaneks:  Slobo and his mother, Veruca.

Slobo has only been in this country for a few short years.  He and his mother came from Bosnia Hergezovina, to escape the war and its aftereffects.  It is because of the war that Slobo is now an amputee and suffers from post traumatic stress syndrome, amongst other medical problems that have put him into the hospital from time to time.

Slobo and his mother speak very little in the way of English.  English has proven to be very difficult for them at best.  They do not work; they rely on a meager SSDI income to sustain them every month, to help pay the bills, try to get what they need in life.

Not knowing English has proven to be an overwhelming handicap for the two of them.  They usually have to rely on translators who speak Croatian (try finding someone who does in this city; it's very hard to!), or they use an awful lot of body language, to try to get their point across. 

It's really frustrating for them, as well as the people who come into contact with the Trbaneks.

I don't really have any difficulties in figuring out what the Trbaneks need in life; I act as their go-between, their go-fer.  (Go for this, go for that.)  I've come to the conclusion that they love to eat, love to listen to polka music, play video games (well, Slobo does; his mother, meanwhile, loves to cook), and go to the museum, amongst other things.

Both Slobo and Veruca are going to be taking English as a Second Language classes at the local university starting in about a month.  They realize that if they want to get ahead in life, then they need to learn English, as well as study for their citizenship once they become proficient in speaking English.

The future, although uncertain at best for Slobo and his mom, is starting to become a little more clearer, a little more promising.  I do hope with all my heart that Slobo and Veruca get all the help they deserve in life; they've struggled for far too long, both back home in their native Bosnia-Hergezovina and here in America.

I or someone else will continue to keep you updated on the Trbaneks' progress as they work to becoming productive legal U.S. citizens.  It is going to be difficult, but with the right kind of help, and with a little luck, they will make it.  I have faith in this young man and his mother.

~To be continued.~



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Reviewed by Jon Willey 5/24/2008
Herzegovina. These are the kinds of individuals America needs as immigrants. People that truly desire to become Americans. Not the ones that steal cross our borders to take of our wealth, with no desire to be assimilated into our society. People who are unwilling to go through the legal steps required to become, an American. Three cheers for the Trbaneks. JMW
Reviewed by Mary Lacey, Desertrat 5/20/2008
It's a good thing the family got out of Bosnia. It's such a shame children get hurt because of a country's turmoil. But it sounds as they're all over to a great start in their new country.

Love and Peace
Reviewed by Stephanie Murray 5/19/2008
I welcome new citizens to our County. I wish them the best and hope they grow and prosper! Very Informative Write.

Reviewed by Ted Bossis 5/19/2008
God bless ~()~ Unrelenting well meant goodness from you helps us all to help others _ Please tell me how to send them music (via Internet of other) evol smaerd Ted
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 5/19/2008
America, the land of opportunities, I hope it will remain so, because that phrase, "...give your poor, and sick, and..." wasn't an empty promise of welcome.

Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 5/18/2008
Glad to hear Slobo is doing better and that they realize the need to learn English, I am sure they will do fine
God Bless
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 5/18/2008

Glad to hear that Slobo is out of the hospital, and that he's trying to assimilate into American culture. Well done.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.

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