Neither Valery Konstantinovich, nor the locals can’t remember when he made the first Christmas “card” on the ice. Every year he comes up with a new drawing, and then use the shovel and broom carries him to the icy river Khomutino near the village of Markovo. For the creation of one painting takes about a month, then you need to come every day to clear snow-covered pattern. For several years his work became an attraction.
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Valery Melnikov worked as a Department Manager in the configuration of the Blagoveshchenskaya TPP, then dairy, then opened his own small business.
And then, as he speaks of himself Valery Konstantinovich, began a “new” second life. In 1996, he came to his mother in the village of Markovo to help on the farm and contracted meningitis. Heart attack, 10 days in a coma and profound hearing loss. The man was only 47 years.
The business, which only began to be adjusted, collapsed. Valery Konstantinovich is taken for any work, and in 2004, after my mom died, he moved to her rural apartment, began to lead a country life: the garden, the farm. The pensioner lacked only human communication.
“I don’t like being alone. Sometimes though a wolf howl. Although they say that men don’t cry. It’s wrong said. Anything can happen. I was always in company, and the team was not on the sidelines, was the ringleader. So there were circumstances”, – he told the journalist, “the Amur truth”.
Neither Valery Konstantinovich, nor the locals can’t remember when he made the first Christmas “card” on the ice.
Every year he comes up with a new drawing, and then use the shovel and broom carries him to the icy river Khomutino near the village of Markovo.
For the creation of one painting takes about a month, then you need to come every day to clear snow-covered pattern. For several years his work became an attraction, the locals are happy to be photographed on their background, the photos scattered on cards across the Amur region.
“I work on the river, you see a plane flying. Look around started. Maybe a coincidence, but maybe my picture of heaven to see!” – so Valery Konstantinovich explains why every year he creates an ice card.
Perhaps, a single pensioner would have remained known only to the locals, if not for the unpleasant incident. Before the onset of 2017 Valery Melnikov during operation snowballs graders. The artist has offended and a week had not touched his work. Local residents noticed that the picture covered with snow, and soon arrived in Markovo journalists and volunteers.
50 people, including children, offended pensioner, the whole day helped to restore the picture. Postcards from Markovo shown on Federal television, and the pensioner became a celebrity. A year ago, the newspaper “Amurskaya Pravda” announced the action “Congratulate the grandfather of Valeria” and asked everyone to write a few kind words to the pensioner and to transfer money for a gift.
“Greetings from lake Baikal”, “the gift of Vyborg”, “Grandfather Valery from Moscow” – people from all over the country and even from abroad have collected more than 40 thousand at present. The money raised by the journalists bought pensioner refrigerator, a new sweater and products for the Christmas table. And his card is even removed from the ISS and published on the Roscosmos page with the caption “Valery Konstantinovich, from space Your picture is also perfectly clear!”.
People were sent to the pensioner not only postcards, but also the whole of the letter:
“Though we are strangers, never met, still want to share with you our joy, warmth and light. After all, you also share its warmth with all the people. You help people never to lose hope for the best and that there are a lot of good. Thank you!”
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“Thank you from my heart for what you do. Health to you and all the best. I dream that my son will be a grandfather like you.”
But the birthday came another message of congratulations from his son, with whom Valery Konstantinovich many years did not communicate.
Popular love inspired pensioner that this year he drew another card – in honor of March 8.
Perhaps I survived to do something beautiful… — said the old man thoughtfully. — Don’t want to think that I’m a nobody. Wish I was needed. Otherwise, why live?
Congratulations to Valery Melnikov can be sent to: 675 511, Amur oblast, the village of Markovo, Blagoveshchensky district, with the caption “Melnikov, Valery”.