The Gang

Elena Tucker
3 min readJan 3, 2024
Photo by Ben Wicks on Unsplash

I grew up in two places in Minsk — in the courtyard next to my grandparent’s apartment building, where I enjoyed being a tomboy with four boys from the neighborhood, and at my parents’ apartment, hanging out with my best girlfriend.

The boys, most of them, with the exception of one (Oleg, who moved in just three years before I left the Soviet Union), I knew from babyhood. We were the wild bunch — playing war games (I was usually “the nurse,” but…

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Elena Tucker

Writer and storyteller, immigrant, wife, mom, knitter, collector of jokes, lover of cheap, sweet wine.