For more than half a year, she has been in the informal (not anchored by law, but still defined by custom and tradition) role of first lady. Until then, Eva Pavlová lived a relatively ordinary life as a former soldier, the wife of a retired army general, and also a representative in the village of Černouček in Litoměřice.
What is it like to suddenly be in the position of the wife of the president of the Czech Republic? “It is difficult. You will be placed in the category of a too-followed person. Whatever I wear is commented on and I don’t know who feels comfortable in a role when it is commented on and watched. (…) I don’t feel good about it yet, maybe I’ll get used to it,” says Eva Pavlová exclusively in the videocast Lady and Dude.
The increased interest of the media is also related to the monitored public role. When asked by Milan Šteindler how she handles the interest of photographers, Eva Pavlová honestly answers: “I can’t handle it.” According to her words, she doesn’t like being photographed and is not completely comfortable with it yet: “Because a person is not used to it, it is harder to bear.”
A beautiful childhood in a harsh region
Eva Pavlová also recalled her childhood. She was born in Šumperk and grew up in a village in the Jeseníky foothills. “My childhood was really nice and I would like it to be like that for everyone. I had it close to my grandmother and grandfather, who had all the animals that lived in the village at the time.”
She recently returned to her original residence when she was invited to the first grade for the start of the school year. At the same time, they asked her to write something in the book as a memory for the children. “Living in these parts of our country will give you a different perspective. There you will gain insight, love for nature and respect for the elements that are in the foothills. It will bring a lot of good things to your life,” says Eva Pavlová, adding that the region there is not at all easy to live in. “The truth is that it is difficult to find dentists and doctors here today, let alone in the peripheral parts of the country.”
Which is one of the topics she would like to focus more on in her new public role. That is why she recently participated in a round table meeting that addressed problems in pediatrics. “The old doctors are leaving and somewhere there was a mistake that these doctors are not in primary care. Often, the children are not even registered with a doctor and care is taken care of by going to hospitals for treatment,” he describes.
After leaving the army, Eva Pavlová also worked as a mediator and teacher. That is why he is also interested in a mediation pilot project, where adult mediators are able to train young people already in elementary school. “In the eighth, ninth grade, these children can have mediator certificates and are able to solve problems and conflicts between children,” he explains what the project consists of.
She herself sees it as a future prevention of divorce: “Thanks to the fact that children learn communication techniques with each other, later in adulthood that communication can be set up in a completely different way.”
All of this comes together in the Healthy Family project, which Eva Pavlová will be working on. As she says herself, she will deal with family concerns and joys, from children to the elderly. “I would like to shed some light on some things and try to help solve them somewhere,” she adds.
Instead of kindergarten to the army
In the interview with Milan Šteindler, her studies at the military school were also discussed. What attracted her to the army as a young girl? “I originally wanted to be a kindergarten teacher, but I failed the talent tests, allegedly my voice range was not detected. I would probably sing fake to the children,” she laughs.
Then soldiers appeared at the gymnasium, but they addressed the boys. “I thought that the work had a meaning. And because I had good grades, I won’t be a fool there,” recalls Eva Pavlová of the moment when she thought of signing up for the army. She decided one more thing: “There was also the independence of suddenly not burdening your parents. The army took care of its people from morning to night.’
What does a typical first lady’s day look like? What did Eva Pavlova enjoy at school? And what are her hobbies today? Watch the video or listen to the audio version of the interview in the player at the beginning of the article.
The lady and the dude
The list of News reports the videocast Lady and the Dude or Coffee or tea? Milan Šteindler’s show with the first lady of the Czech Republic, Eva Pavlova.