By contrast, Anna is a little spoiled, she is princess, pretty like her mother but lacks discipline, she is like this because of her nannies. I dread going there each week, despite the good currency exchange. We sit on lush, soft carpet, in her huge playroom, surrounded by hundreds of silent teddy bears and dolls, that look down on us from shelves on the wall. After an hour or so, nanny takes us down to the kitchen, where the cook has made Anna an afternoon snack. I am given a tea, served in fine, expensive china and Anna drinks her milk shake and eats her home made cake. After our tea, we make our way back up the large winding, marble staircase and go back up to her playroom. She decides to put on a fancy dress costume and flings open one of the many wardrobe doors, to reveal about twenty different fancy dress costumes, all hanging in tidy rows. Fairy dresses, Cinderella dresses, Princess dresses, pirate clothes. She flings open another wardrobe door, to show hundreds of designers shoes, most of which are probably never worn. She never sees her father, although her mother reads her bed time stories and eats with her. Will she grow up like so many of the other rich Russian kids that I have seen over the years here? Will she become empty, emotionless, joyless and monosyllabic but very rich? If these kids are the future of Russia, god help the rest of the population.
What do their futures hold? Anna will marry a rich man ten or twenty years older than her and follow in her mothers foot steps, Alex will become a top artist or designer and will marry for love. Contrasts dear reader, as fascinating to watch as anything. Two, young, green shoots in very different soil, sharing one nationality but seeing a different sun.
One day, I will be gone from Russia but these teaching experiences and observations will stay with me forever, when I have no teeth and sit in a chair all day, I will remember my days in Moscow and the fascinating lives I met. If you like this blog, please make a Paypal donation to maintain the content.
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