Friday, June 24, 2011

Luca Family

Luca Family, Valerian and Iordana, got married about 20 years ago, and since then they brought up 10 children, aged between 3 and 17 years old, 3 boys and 7 girls. The oldest daughter, Maria, is the only one who lives outside their home, with her godparents. None of the parents has a stable job and all of them, 11 people, are living from what the mother, Iordana, is receiving from cleaning churches and with what they get from charity. They all sleep in one single room.

Twenty years ago, Valerian has fallen in love at first site with Iordana in the bus; he followed her and told her from the first day that she was going to be his wife.

Valerian is afraid that his wife might cheat on him so he sometimes waits for her, while she cleans at the candles, at the church.

Valerian is not felling very well and family is around him.

Eugenia is the 9th child and she is 5 years old.

Ioan, who is 12 years old, is screaming that his brothers have eaten all the potatoes from the soup, which he likes the most.

Maria, the oldest daughter, who doesn't live with the rest of the family, has brought her mother a rose for her 38th anniversary.

Mihai and Ioan are the oldest boys, 15 and 12; they dropped out of school and they rob cars, but they would like to be football players.

In the evening, the whole family is watching TV, but this would be also the activity that units the family in different moments of the day.

While everybody is watching TV, Iordana is trying to cook something for herself, in quiet, in the kitchen. Sometimes it’s too much for her, everybody asking for her attention, for something.

Eugenia is waiting for the rest of the family, at the entrance of the house.

Iordana is cleaning at the church for some money, given to her at the end of the day.

Irina is crying because she was punished. She had been absent from school for three weeks, lying her parents she had gone to school while she had been walking around the city.

When Iordana remains longer at churches, Valerian gets angry of her absence and says that “she is not a good mother”.

Iordana still loves Valerian after 20 years of difficult marriage and many financial problems.

Coco, 8 years old, was cleaning the windshields at the traffic lights and a car went into him, injuring his leg. Now he has to rest in bed.

For Coco's accident and for the fact that the children are neglected, Valerian blames Iordana.

Ioan is caring Coco to the hospital, where he will have an examination at his injured leg.

Iordana is worried that the doctor will not treat Coco, because they are 3 weeks late for his leg examination. She didn't make time for this.

Iordana is sad, another child is not feeling well, Cati, who is 14 years old is having fever.

But the same family has the ability to forget the problems they have and to get out in the small yard and turning the music up, they dance.

The instruments of feeding 11 people, the Luca family’s kitchen.