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First Holy Communion and Lukasz’s first PC

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Copy of Adulthood smooth& tasty.

At the age of eight Lukasz, as all his elementary school peers, received his First Holy Communion. Lukasz doesn’t recall anybody not being a Catholic in his class. Back then being a Catholic in Poland was as obvious as being dressed whenever you went outside. In rural Poland and in smaller towns it probably still is that obvious today. Of course it has to do with the fact that there is a strong tradition of Catholicism in Poland (it was officially introduced in 966 when Mieszko I, the first ruler of the future Polish state, was himself baptized), but no doubt it gained special importance for Poles and Poland when one of them — one Karol Wojtyła, the then Archbishop of Kraków, became Pope John Paul II and when, thanks to him, the freedom / anti-communist movements of 1980s gained support of the Catholic Church.

ZX Spectrum, the 8-bit personal home computer released in the United Kingdom in 1982 by Sinclair Research with its rubber keyboard, was the gift Lukasz received from his parents for his First Holy Communion. Owning a PC in 1985 Poland was a big deal and it must have cost a lot of money (exactly how much Lukasz never learned). He was one of the first among his peers to own a PC so he must have known it was a big deal. But several boys quickly caught up and soon Lukasz regretted that it wasn’t the ATARI or Commodore 64 his peers had gotten from their parents or families.