Letter(s) from Elena Tatyanina to Terry (USA)

Letter 1

Hi,my new friend,Terry!
I am very glad that you have answered my letter. Thank you that you have found time for answer. I think that you have many questions about myself. I will try to answer them. I don't know what to begin with to tell you about myself. OK, I will try to begin. My name is Marina. In my childhood I was called Marisha. My friends call me Meri too. In caressing form my name sounds Marinochka. You can call me how it is more pleasant to you. I am 26 years old. My birthday is on the April 16, 1979. My height is 168 cm (5 feet 6 inches). My weight is 52 kg (115 poubds). Probably you will be very much afflicted when you find out that I live not in your country. But I very much hope that it does not frighten you, because I the same lady like many other ladies living in the different countries. I the same person with heart and soul. I live in the city of Nizhniy Novgorod. Nizhniy Novgorod is located in 350 kilometers from the city of Moscow, Russia. Nizhniy Novgorod the big and known city. I began to get education in the secondary comprehensive school. After I finished it I entered the medical college. I finished it with excellent results and entered Medical University. At present I work in a small Dental polyclinic. I work as a dentist. We have a little collective, but very friendly. Terry, I shall have an opportunity to send you letters only from Monday till Friday, because I haven't got a computer at home. I use a computer at my work. On work I can use a computer almost freely. So it is more convenient for me to write you from my work. Though it too depends not from me. With a computer works another employee. I have not bad relations with her, but she can give me a computer only when she has a free time. For this reason I hope that you understand me. My new friend, answer my questions, if you can:
1. Do you like your job?
2. What is your favourite film?
3. What kind of music do you like?
4. Have you ever had a friend from the other country?
(the friend on correspondence).
I thank you for your answers beforehand. My new friend, you may not answer these questions if you don't want. In my next letter I shall necessarily answer other your questions. I will tell to you what music and what cinema I like.
I send you my picture. I hope to you it is pleasant.
I will waiting for your letter with impatience.
Marina.

Letter 2

Hi my friend Terry!
How your day? I hope you are glad to receive my letter because when I have received your letter I really was delighted. Many thanks.
At once I want to tell to you about my opportunities to write letters to you. I hadn't time to tell about it in my last letter. I write to you letters on my job because I have no a personal computer. The computer is in an accounting department. Lady who works with a computer will sometimes allow me to use a computer in my interests, but only when this lady has a free time. It depends not on me unfortunately. I work five days in a week - from Monday till Friday. It is the standard established in Russia. On this I shall not be capable to write to you and to receive your letters on Saturday and on Sunday. But sometimes I work on Saturday and even on Sunday. It is called - maintenance standby. In our polyclinic always works a doctor on duty who works on Saturday and on Sunday because the toothache hasn't schedules (smile). Sometimes I work as the doctor on duty. On this maybe I will can write to you letters even on Saturday or on Sunday. Maybe. Do you want to know how I will write to you my letters? I write to you letters during all my working day by small parts - in those short time intervals when the computer will not be occupied. And something else. Me have warned that our computer has dependent system of sending of mail. My letters will be sent only after service mail which is sent two times in day - at midday and after finish of the working day. Probable, my letter will be sent automatically after finish of the working day. Working day in our polyclinic comes to an end at 22.00, but my working day comes to an end at 17.00. I work in children's branch. If you want, I can tell to you about my work. Only tell.
Oh! I promised you to tell what music I like. Now I have some free minutes and with pleasure will spend this time to tell to you about my interests. I like various music. All depends on mood. I like to listen classical music. I like Dunaevski And Chajkovsky. I like to listen simply instrumental music. Such music allows to relax and have a rest. Under such music I like to think. I like to listen to guitar masterpieces of Joe Satriani. I very much like group Dire Straits. I like Pink Floyd. They are not similar to anybody. It is great group. I like Madonna, Robbie Williams and George Michael and many others. In America many great musicians. I like many Russian musicians. For example Philip Kirkorov, Valeria or groups: Chaif, Splin. But you likely do not know them. I very much like cinema. In Russia create few good films. I like works of such directors as Tarkovsky, Konchalovsky, Mikhalkov. My favourite movies - Siberian Barber and Tired by the Sun. It's masterpieces of the Russian cinema. The American movies in Russia use huge popularity. The American movies is considered the greatest. I very much like the American movies and I like many American actors. For example: Gladiator, Brave Heart. Mel Gibson - good actor. I like films - The Sixth Sense, the Rainman, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Gone with the Wind, Magnificent Seven, the Godfather, Groundhog day, The Scent of a Woman. My favourite actors - Bruce Willis, Al Pacino, Kevin Costner, Samuel L. Jackson, Julia Roberts, Tom Hanks, Demi Moore, Kevin Spacey.
My hobby, if it's possible to tell so - the English language. I have loved English long ago, when I studied at school. In Russia the program of training necessarily includes foreign language, as a rule - English, German or French. I have entered in group of the English language and I am happy that I made it. I very much like your language. After school, I continued studying of English language at the university. I like this language. It is a very soft and easily-memorized language. I learn the English language easily. At present I attend courses of the English language. I study your language within 18 years. I want to know this language perfectly. I know that now I admit mistakes, but I hope you won't angry.
What else to tell about me? I never was married and I haven't children. I am lonely and the reason of my loneliness not only in me. However, I do not know if it interestingly for you. I live honestly, and it brings pleasure to me. I am optimist and I like to smile, because a smile - mirror of soul. For happiness is not required many things. Likely the main thing that does not suffice me now is love. People without love cannot be happy. But when near there is a close person whom you love, life becomes fine irrespective of where you live and what you have. But the loneliness fills a life with sadness. But I do not want to speak about sadness anymore. I am glad that I have an opportunity to write to you and I am glad that you write to me. And at present it really causes a smile on my face. I should finish my letter.
You have the big family Terry? If you do not want, you may do not answer my question.
I hope to receive your letter soon. Sincerely and with the best regards.
Marina.

Letter 3

Hello Terry!
I am frankly glad that again I have a possibility to write you.
Today I saw my mother in my dream and thought that I have to tell you about my mother, because when I say about her - I tell about my family. It is really so because I have never seen my grandfather and grandmother and I don't have brothers or sisters. I was the only one child in the family, and my family consisted of two people - my mother and I. I know nothing about the father. When to me there were 16 years ours the neighbour started to live from my mum. I named his uncle Sasha. All was good, but then he has left from mum to other woman and has moved to other city. I too do not want to recollect him now. Now you will understand why. I really feel great proud when I say about my mother because she was a very good woman. But together with this, every time the recollections about my mother cause tears and I can't keep them. My mother died when I was 19 years old. Two years before her death my mom has damage in road accident. She was standing in the street and she was knocked down by a car. Probably the driver was strongly drunk, because the witnesses said that the car moved by zigzag and suddenly appeared on pavement. As a result of collision my mum was paralysed. She spent three years in the wheelchair. I looked after her did all that was in my forces to make a life for which she was fated since this moment - easy and joyful. I spent little time with my friends and practically all my free time I spent near my mother. I was crazy happy when mother smiled, because she smiled very seldom. She was ashamed of her helplessness. Every time when I was going home after school I looked at the window and every time my mother met me. She was looking through the window and smiled. It happens always. She met me every day and never forgot. That's why I felt alarm at once when 7 years ago I looked at the window and didn't see my mother there. I understood that something is wrong. I rushed home with tears in my eyes. When I oped the door I understood that I stayed alone. As usual my mother was sitting in her chair with the smile. But she was dead. I remember how I stretched my arm and touched her pulse. It got dark in my eyes and my feet didn't obey me. I couldn't stand. I thought I would go mad. I have felt that I lose consciousness and lain on the floor. I sobed and couldn't quiet down. I couldn't imagine that I will live without mom. This was the person I lived for. All I did in my live I did for her. She was such a good mother. She taught me everything I can do in this life. My mother dreamt to bring me up as an honest and decent lady. I was the only child and mother gave me endless love. And I tried to do all to be worthy daughter, to be worthy her love. And I hope that I became such a lady as my mother wanted to see me. Now I appreciate the difficulties of that time in a different way. Difficulties train the character. I lived without help and support, I went through different difficulties about which I don't want to speak. But I have gone trough these difficulties and remember this I feel that everything I have done correctly. My mother always told me that one should look at difficulties with smile not mentioning that there is a shout of despair in the throat and there are tears in eyes. One should be strong and proud - as my mother was. Forgive me that I have told you about this so in detail. But I say about my mother seldom. But when I say about her I can't do it in couple words. I loved her very much and that's why I told you little things about her. Forgive me. I decided to share my recollections with you as with a friend, because I didn't speak about her with anybody for a long time. Forgive me that my letter is a sad, big and uninteresting. Simply when I begin to say about my mother I can't stop. But I promise not to write such letters anymore.
Is important For you the nationality of the person if this person - object of your sympathy? What makes you happy?
I have to finish. Sincerely with best regards.
Marina.

Letter 4

It's me, your girl-friend Marina!
Today I had so much work that I was afraid that I wouldn't have time to get your letter. And I have to say that this frightened me. But now I have found free time and very glad. Thank you for your kind letter. My last letter was sad. That's why today I will try not to write about sad things. Then now I am smiling and have a good mood. As a matter of fact today all the colleagues have a good mood because today we found out that on Monday The Moscow Zoo would come to Nizhniy Novgorod for touring. This is great news because The Moscow Zoo Is the biggest zoo in the country. So everybody discuss only this news. Everybody wants to visit the ZOO because the tour will last only for several days. I like animals very much and I have never seen Moscow Zoo. I have never seen alive tigers and bears. Have you ever seen a tiger or a bear? The biggest animal I saw in my life is a horse. I like horses very much and think that these are the most beautiful animals in the planet. As matter of fact I have always dreamt to have some pets - a cat or a dog. But when I think that a little puppy will wait for me at home alone I feel pity. That's why I don't have pets. I always wait for weekends with impatience, because I get tired mentally and physically at the work. That's why weekends are the only possibility for me to rest and to get new forces. Weekends I spend differently. Sometimes I want simply to rest in my apartment. I like my apartment - little and cosy. On weekends I always clean the apartment properly. I like purity. And though I always try to keep my apartment clean, there is always something to do about the house on weekends. But when I want really to relax I listen to music or read books. I like to read books especially historical novels about ancient Russia or other countries. I don't like to read western or detectives, though lately I read stories about Sherlock Holmes with pleasure.
Also I like to spend time with my girl-friends. I have two best girl-friends. We are friends for 20 years. When we meet with girl-friends the air is filling with laughter. We like to walk and communicate, we go to movie and to the park. If you want I can tell you about my girl-friends.
I like to spend time in nature in the open air very much. In Russia camping is very popular. I adore to go to the forest and to live in a tent though now I have seldom such an opportunity. I like to look at night fire. I like to look at the stars very much. In August the sky is strewed with stars. It is incredible beautiful. I like to cook on the fire. There is no more wonderful when in the air the fragrances of forest, river and smoke mix together. I am romantic undoubtedly. I really like cooking. I know that I do it well, because I started cooking from childhood. My mother taught me many things including cooking. She said: "Lady who can cook well don't have disadvantages and demerits, because tasty food is a way to the man's heart. May be she is right. I like Russian dishes and my favourite dish is hodgepodge ( in Russian we call it okroshka). I am not sure if you know such dish. This is a Russian national dish. Also I like dishes of Caucasian Georgia. What dishes do you prefer Terry?
I have a question for you. If you do not want can not answer. Looking back at your life would you like to change something? I have to finish. I hope my letter was not stodgy and uninteresting. I will wait for your letter with impatience. I wish you peace and kindness.
Marina.

Letter 5

Hi, my dear Terry!
I hope you not against if I say so.
Thank you for your attention to me. From day to day I feel more necessity to get your letters. My mood has become better again when I have got your letter. I should say that when I have good mood my patients cry less (smile). So healthy smiles of our children now depend on your letters (smile again).
By the way, when I came to work today my mood was bad, because my girl-friend fell ill and now she is in the hospital. The saddest thing is that she has birthday today. She is 30 years old today. Unfortunately she will spend her birthday in the hospital. But have already talked with the doctor and I will be allowed to spend the evening in the her chamber. In the evening I will bake a cake, buy balloons and go to the hospital. I want very much that she have good mood on her birthday. This my best friend. By the way, she works with me in the polyclinic. As matter of fact I have only two real friends - Elena and Natasha. Elena is that lady who is in the hospital. Natasha has left to the North for three months. Her grandmother lives there. My friends are not married too. We are friends for 20 years already. Elena and I are like sisters. Elena and I like to walk. Usually we walk in the park. But also we like to spend time in Elena vegetable garden. She lives in an old wooden house. I don't know if you have seen such houses. This are the houses which were built before the second world war, in the fortieth years. These are very old houses which don't have bath and running water. So people have to take water outside in the well or in a pit. In modern world such conditions seem very terrible, but this is really so. We like to spend time in Elena vegetable garden. There she grows potato, tomatos and cucumbers not to buy them in the market, because in winter the prices of these products rise very high. Every winter Elena and I make a big Snowman by big snow balls. We make a carrot instead of nose and potatos instead of eyes. It is very funny. All neighbor's children come to see it. First time we made such a Snowman 16 years ago. Since that time we do every year. This is a tradition for us. We pour it with water to cover with ice. So it stands for the whole winter. I like Orsha. Many people in our village know each other. We have little buildings - maximum 4 floors. Elena says that she wants to live in a big city. I don't know where it is better. Big city is a big traffic, fast rhythm of life, garlands of fires, lightning shop windows, high buildings, fountains, cinemas, parks, attractions, theatres. It is wonderful, of course I like it. But our village is a fresh air, a lot of trees and birds, silent and comfort no hubris and vanity inherent for big cities. We have a lot of small and large lakes and rivers. The places are very beautiful. If there were no criminal the place could be considered as a paradise. But alas, the criminal in small cities, as well as in the big cities is an integral part our life. Unfortunately criminal in Russia is situated on a very high level. But I don't want to tell about sad things.
Did I tell you that I can play violin? I like to play violin. One famous musician said that a woman and a violin are created the friend for the friend. I agree with it. I play on a violin when on my soul it is bad when it is good also. The violin helps me in my loneliness. I play on a violin in my home every evening almost. I compose music a little even. You love play on a violin?
I have to finish my letter. I don't want but I have to. Today when I will come to Elena we will speak about you. She likes to ask about you and I like to tell her. I wanted to ask you that you do Terrywhen on your soul poorly or well? What was the best gift you got and from whom?
Sincerely yours and with best wishes.
Marina.

Letter 6

Hello, my dear Terry!
The day is wonderful today and the weather is good. The sun is shining all the day. And what about your weather? May be today after work I will go home by foot. I like to walk along the street and to breath fresh air, especially when the weather is warm. As a matter of fact I don't want to go home. It is very boring and lonely at home. Sometimes I don't mention it, but sometimes when I come home with good mood, I want to talk very much, to share thoughts with anybody, to have fun. But my flat is empty and I have to be in full solitude. And my good mood disappears. I simply sit down in an arm-chair and look at the window. And when the silence deafen me when I hear as my blood flows in my veins, I hear movement of my eyelashes, at that moment becomes unbearably and my heart compresses. I don't know how to struggle with it. I can listen to music or read a book. But in some moment I understand that I just deceive myself. In fact I want a beloved person to be near me, with whom I could spend evenings, to meet morning, to speak about yesterday and to dream about tomorrow day. I want to walk and to feel a strong man arm holds me. I don't want to cook meals only for myself. I want somebody to appreciate it. But enough about it.
I began writing the letter in the morning. Now it is 5 p. m. already. Today I again shall go to Elena when I shall write to you the letter. I hope she is better today. Yesterday she was very glad, when I have come and have wished her happy birthday. We ate a pie and talked. By the way, about you also. I told to her about you. You are not offended on me for it? She asked to tell to you Hi from her. I talked with doctor and he has told, that nothing terrible with Elena and she will soon recover. I am very glad to this.
Can you imagine? I have just cured a little boy's teeth. I asked him: What do you dream about? He answered that he dreams to become a grownup because grownups don't have problems with teeth. It was so funny. I often remember childhood. I always dreamed to become a grown up as soon as possible. As every child I completely believed that grownups don't have problems at all. I dreamt in the childhood and I dream now. Of course, the world of dreams is an illusive world. We live in a real life, so we can't to sink into the world of dreams and phantasies for long. When a dream becomes obsession, it can bring only pain and disappointment. Practically dreams do not always realize. It happens that you use all power, all aspiration to make the dream come true. But as much you try, not all in this life depend on us. When the dream for a long time does not come true, as though you did not try, dream ceases to be that star, which was for you lighthouse in ocean of the life, which illuminated your way. But anyway, I think that it is impossible to live without dreames and hopes. When there is a dream, the life is filled with sense. The dreams are those things that do us people that distinguishes us from the whole rest alive world. The dreams contribute variety in ordinary and grey life. The dreams force to think, analyse, choose and come to a conclusion. The Faith and Hope - an eternal satellites of our lifes. And regardless of what waits you at the end, joy of the victories and subordinated tops we remember better, than disappointment and pain of the defeats. You agree with me?
I am surprised that I write you all this. I have never had a person, with whom I could share my thoughts. But now I have found you, and I am very glad. Forgive me for my frankness. If I said something superfluous forgive me please. Do you like when your friends come to your home? What clothes do you like the lady wear?
I will wait for your letter with impatience.
Marina.

Letter 7

Hi from far Russia!
Thank for your photo, to me is very pleasant to see it. You very beautiful man!!! I too very much want you to see, I will have holiday the next month. Unfortunately I have no passport.
I am very glad that you have written me. Thank you very much. I like your letters very much and wait for them every day. Today there was very strong downpour at night. The rain poured all the night long. In the morning when I go in the street I have seen that all footpaths and roads completely are covered by pools of water. But I like such weather. When our city is covered with a veil of rains, all people gloomy and sad. It's strangely, but weather so influenced on mood of people. People do not notice beauty which surrounded them. But only not I. In me such weather wakens the big energy and fine mood. I remember once upon a time I have suggested to Nadia to walk, when in the street was a strong rain. But she is surprised spoke: "In the street a puddles, the rain and a wind. I am not a lunatic to walk in such weather. I shall better sit at home and to watch TV". Then I have told to my girlfriend that it is necessary to be able to search for the positive moments in negative. And necessary to be able to enjoy what you have at present. I have described to her the rain so, how I see it. After she has listened to me, we at once have gone to walk. I like all seasons. I like autumn in Rogachevka. Yellow leaves, gold trees. It is so wonderful to walk in the park and to listen how leaves rustle under feet, and to feel in the air the smell of arriving winter. And clouds floating in the sky; and birds are departing to the warm grounds. And at night the sky begins to cry. The rain knocks on windows and roofs. A lightning illuminates for shares of second the empty streets. It is fine. In such weather it would be desirable to appear in a small room with a warm fireplace. Weak light and singing of a cricket. And if near there will be a beloved - it will be paradise. How you think Terry? What can be finer than romantic evening in rainy day? I at all do not know what season I like more. As well as all people, I wait for the summer in the winter, and in the summer I wait for the winter. But all the same Siberian winter is delightful. All the world around is white. Only fur-trees with the green clothes heat a look. And falls of snow bewitches. Especially in the evening. Flows of light from a window, and on a background of black sky, small snowflakes are similar to stars. If during this moment for a long time you look at the sky - it seems that you flies through these wonderful snowflakes towards something unknown. I like spring in Stepanovka. The world as though is born again. Air is filled with freshness. All troubles and failures thawed together with snow. The sounds of the baby birds chirping for the first time. Summer is a fine mood, the desire to learn the world, to have a rest and enjoy life. I feel that I rambling on. Forgive me. Simply now I have romantic mood.
I want to share with you a picture, but I hope this picture will not offend you. You a first man who will see this picture. I hope you will not think that I lead a dissolute life. In Russia each lady dreams to make a similar picture. And many ladies make such pictures only for themselves. Veronika about which I told to you, worked in a photographic studio. She has made this picture. But I showed nobody it. But Nadia has told to me that it beautifully and I should share it with you Terry And I feel that I am ready to do it.
Sincerely, Marina.

Letter 8

Hello my love Terry!
I am happy that you have written to me!!!
I am very glad that you have written. Many thanks.
I would be very glad to arrive to you my favourite, you see I the next month will have holiday.
But I doubt that money to the passport, the visa and tickets aboard the plane will suffice me.
You have again raised my mood and have placed a happy smile on my face.
Yesterday I have visited Elena in hospital. I have told to her Hi from you, I hope you not against it? Elena also has send Hi for you. By the way, she has told, that her quinsy has recovered already and tomorrow her will let off from hospital. I am very glad, that her health in norm now.
By the way Terry, today I went to job being absolutely confident that you write to me today. Earlier I always went with an thought that you probably yet have not written, but today for the first time I went with an thought that your letter waits for me already. I went on the street and I smiled. I could not hide my smile. People which passed near to me looked back on me. Ladies in Russia smile rarely, because life is filled with different problems, cares, difficulties and obstacles. All this prevails over little fortunes which the lady has in her life. In Russia the lady stands on the same stair as the man already for a long time. She can do the same work as the man can. Very often In Russia the lady does the man's work - the heavy physical work. In the 19th century one Russian poet wrote about Russian woman: "Russian woman can enter in the burning house and she can stop frightened horse running towards her". The only thing she lacks is simple warm and caress, which she wants to receive from a man. This is the problem of Russian men. The Russian lady does everything for the man but doesn't get anything from him. All what she needs is at least a couple of tender words and gentle touching of his hands. Is it really so difficult? Is it really difficult to present your lady a romantic evening and a supper with candles? In Russia as a rule such gift give lady for a man, but not a man for lady. When a woman carry heavy bags in the street no man will help her, he will only turn his look away and go farther. That's why the Russian lady never feels happy at her heart.
You say that I am beautiful. In Russia I am not considered like a beautiful lady. Russian men, practically all of them, usually treat to ladies disrespectfully. They consider that woman only have to work, to cook, to wash cloths and entertain the man when he wants. For the Russian man it is a usual thing to offend a woman. I like to cook and to wash cloths but sometimes I would like to receive simple caress, love and attention. I don't want to offend all the men. Of course there are good men in Russia, but there are few of them. Men frequently speak dirty words (not normative lexicon) when speak with lady and consider that in it there is nothing bad.
I had boyfriend. We had good time together. He was kind. But he liked to drink. When he got drunk he became an absolutely other person. He talked with me with bad and dirty words. The time passed and his love to alcohol became a habit. He became another person - rude and evil. Has taken a great interest in beating me, frequently struck and knocked me by hands and the next day he smiled and talked with me as if nothing had happened. I began to be afraid of him and I have left him. My soul was wounded very much. After this I couldn't make myself get acquainted with another man. Now I don't trust Russian men. I am afraid to give my love but get in lieu thereof the roughness.
If you have disagreements with lady, you can apply roughness?
Do you capable to transform quarrel into the peace, pleasure and a smile?
Your Marina.

Letter 9

Hi my love Terry!
How your mood? I hope that up to my letter your mood was fine, but after my letter your mood became superfine (smile) Likely I too self-confident. But I am happy again because I have again received your letter. I so waited this minute, when I can write to you.
Terry I am very happy that you too want that we met you.
I would be glad to fly to you.
You that which man I searched for all my life!
I heard about that that that I could fly to USA to me the visa and the passport will be necessary.
Tomorrow I shall learn the full information on that that I could fly to USA.
I shall write to you about it in my following letter.
I love you Terry and I want to become only your woman!!!
Now anybody is not necessary for me except for you.
I have told all my girlfriends that I love the man from USA and I shall fly to him soon.
Some my girlfriends envy me because I have the present love.
In each your letter I feel your love and care to me!
Tomorrow difficult day waits for me. Tomorrow I again work in dental mobile car. I did not say it to you yet. But it happens only once a week. Dental mobile car - automobile which is more than passenger car, but is less than a lorry. Two years ago I and Elena have written to Ministry of Health the offer to allocate the automobile to make dental mobile car. At that time we with her have consisted in society of volunteer help weak and ailing people. As a rule it is old lonely people which are not capable to live without help of extraneous people. These people could not visit hospital because they could not go independently. We have suggested to come periodically to such people on this automobile with the necessary equipment to not carry these people in hospital. This offer was approved and now we already visit more than fifty settlements in our area.
Unfortunately tomorrow I will go without Elena. On this it will be difficult days. In total in our area five such automobiles. We go in small villages and settlements where live people, which for the different reasons cannot go in city to cure a teeth. In our district a lot of such people. Now we help not only to such people, but also children living in children's orphanages. We have many orphanages, but this orphanages have no personal dental cabinet, on this every week Elena, I and ours colleague - dental surgeon, we go in various orphanages on dental mobile car. We became friends with all children and all children love us very much, because also we visit this orphanage in the days off to give help of various sort. The state allocates very few money for the maintenance and contents of orphanages. Buildings are very old. But children do not have anybody to help them and to give them financial support. That's why some people voluntary render the feasible help. We help to repair rooms. Many walls do not have even wall-paper and stucco. The floors and beds are very old. The conditions are terrible. The meal is awful. The children practically have no toys. When I look at all this there are tears in my eyes. My girlfriend and I help to do repair. We glue wall-paper and paint the windows. We bring children new toys. You cannot imagine how children are pleased when we come. And they are glad not only because they wait for new toys, they wait for us. They require kindness and caress very much. Again I write too in detail. Forgive me, please. I simply wanted to tell that I do not know if I can write to you tomorrow. Maybe I can write, but only some lines because I will not have time.
Oh Terry! I should go.
Sincerely and with the best regards.
Your Marina.

Letter 10

Hi my dear Terry !
My dear Terry I want to tell you that I have received money without problems, today in the morning I went to travel agency and have given money that did all necessary documents that I could fly to you without problems, it I will borrow 7-10 days then to you I shall inform on what number to you it is necessary to buy to me tickets, I wait with impatience of our meeting when I can embrace and kiss you, and I think days up to it, I sincerely believe in that that you that the man which am necessary for me in this life.
Today I speculate about you and about me. It so is surprising. As a matter of fact we live on the different sides of our planet, but we are so similar. I never was even outside of my country. To travel outside the seas and oceans for me in general outside a reality. I cannot imagine it as though I not tried. And always, as likely many people Never seeing anything except for native house, I console myself by thought, that you have the same blue sky and the same life. Maybe life behind ocean is more cheerful and rich, paints are brighter and the summer is warmer. But also as here, people cry when they feel a pain, people suffer when lose close people, women in torments give birth to children. It is identical everywhere. You and I have the same cares and problems. Every day I try to imagine that occurs in your heart, do you worry or not, do you think of me or not, do you imagine us or not.
It is so unusual to me, and in same time I feel so conveniently as if I know you the whole eternity. And I am sure that it not accidentally. And it is not important what waits for me in the nearest future, I know that I already have found a remarkable, kind and good man and a friend. And if I will see him, if I meet him and I can look in his eyes, I can tell to him everything what I cannot tell in letters, I will be madly happy. Now, today, this minute not important, where will bring me this way. I know that it is true road. I live not by the future,- I live today, and exactly today I live by bright and happy life.
I think I should change the subject. I do not want to be stodgy and tiresome. Terry If we shall meet you would like fishing with me? Unexpected question? Simply I have written a first thought which came in my mind. I really like to fish. But I do not love winter fishing. You probably did not hear about it because you have no cold winter. The American women love fishing? Earlier I fished frequently with Elena . Maybe for you it sounds unusually. I never used true fishing rod. I simply took the long stick and fastened fishing tackle with the float to a stick. Terry, what you shout when the fish seized a worm? Russian shout: "PECKS!!!! " It is my favourite moment in fishing. If a fish for a long time doesn't peck, I lose interest. I treat this occupation not so seriously like a men. If the fish long does not peck, I lose patience. But when pecks well, I have big passion. When I pull out from water a fish on a hook, I laugh and I shout with pleasure, as though me tickle. Are you ticklish? I very ticklish and if I am afflicted or have bad mood, titillation - the most reliable way to force me laugh loudly up to tears. I think you should know it though I should tell that if you will tickle me, I will resist, I will kick you and I will pinch you with wild laughter of course (smile).
If your beloved lady would love rare flowers which are not sold in shop, you would search for these flowers to present to her or you would buy other flowers, beautiful too but not her favourite?
I should finish.
Your bride Marina.

Letter 11

Hi my dear Terry !
My dear Terry I want to tell you that I have received money without problems, today in the morning I went to travel agency and have given money that did all necessary documents that I could fly to you without problems, it I will borrow 7-10 days then to you I shall inform on what number to you it is necessary to buy to me tickets, I wait with impatience of our meeting when I can embrace and kiss you, and I think days up to it, I sincerely believe in that that you that the man which am necessary for me in this life.
Today I speculate about you and about me. It so is surprising. As a matter of fact we live on the different sides of our planet, but we are so similar. I never was even outside of my country. To travel outside the seas and oceans for me in general outside a reality. I cannot imagine it as though I not tried. And always, as likely many people Never seeing anything except for native house, I console myself by thought, that you have the same blue sky and the same life. Maybe life behind ocean is more cheerful and rich, paints are brighter and the summer is warmer. But also as here, people cry when they feel a pain, people suffer when lose close people, women in torments give birth to children. It is identical everywhere. You and I have the same cares and problems. Every day I try to imagine that occurs in your heart, do you worry or not, do you think of me or not, do you imagine us or not.
It is so unusual to me, and in same time I feel so conveniently as if I know you the whole eternity. And I am sure that it not accidentally. And it is not important what waits for me in the nearest future, I know that I already have found a remarkable, kind and good man and a friend. And if I will see him, if I meet him and I can look in his eyes, I can tell to him everything what I cannot tell in letters, I will be madly happy. Now, today, this minute not important, where will bring me this way. I know that it is true road. I live not by the future,- I live today, and exactly today I live by bright and happy life.
I think I should change the subject. I do not want to be stodgy and tiresome. Terry If we shall meet you would like fishing with me? Unexpected question? Simply I have written a first thought which came in my mind. I really like to fish. But I do not love winter fishing. You probably did not hear about it because you have no cold winter. The American women love fishing? Earlier I fished frequently with Elena . Maybe for you it sounds unusually. I never used true fishing rod. I simply took the long stick and fastened fishing tackle with the float to a stick. Terry, what you shout when the fish seized a worm? Russian shout: "PECKS!!!! " It is my favourite moment in fishing. If a fish for a long time doesn't peck, I lose interest. I treat this occupation not so seriously like a men. If the fish long does not peck, I lose patience. But when pecks well, I have big passion. When I pull out from water a fish on a hook, I laugh and I shout with pleasure, as though me tickle. Are you ticklish? I very ticklish and if I am afflicted or have bad mood, titillation - the most reliable way to force me laugh loudly up to tears. I think you should know it though I should tell that if you will tickle me, I will resist, I will kick you and I will pinch you with wild laughter of course (smile).
If your beloved lady would love rare flowers which are not sold in shop, you would search for these flowers to present to her or you would buy other flowers, beautiful too but not her favourite?
I should finish.
Your bride Marina.

Letter 12

Hello my love Terry.
For me it is very happy day to see your letter.
My love I hope, that at you all is good.
Tomorrow I shall have interview in embassy. I hope, that it will pass successfully and me will permit(solve) departure in USA.
I today shall not sleep all night, because I very much worry before it.
I should answer many questions.
My love I shall be asked, that all has passed successfully and we have met each other.
Please hope for best. If me will not permit(solve) to see you I shall not go through It.
I love you Terry.
Your bride Marina.

Letter 13

Hello my love Terry.
I am very glad to see your letters.
My love I hope, that you have very good day.
Terry I very much want you to please. Today in afternoon I successfully have passed interview In embassy for my visa. My love me have permitted(solved) to go away in USA.
Terry To me set very many questions, but I have answered them.
I have told, that I have the good purpose for arrival in USA.
I have told, that I want to see the favourite man. It you Terry.
Terry I should you tell that now I should place money for the air ticket.
To me have explained that in travel agency I am obliged to pay for a condition of the contract cash my air ticket.
Tomorrow I shall find out exact cost of it and I shall write to you in my following letter.
Terry I did not know that the travel agency will demand to pay cost of the air ticket cash.
As soon as I shall find out tomorrow cost of the air ticket in one way I at once I shall write to you the letter.
I hope, that you are very glad to this my letter.
I love you Terry.
With love, your Marina.

Letter 14

Hi my dear Terry!
I received your letter and have understood as far as strongly I waited for your letter. One more day has passed and it means that less and less time remained up to our meeting. Anyway I hope for it. I believe by all my heart that we will meet and it will be delightful.
By the way, I just talked with Nadiya and she said that acquaintance with you has changed me. She said that I began to laugh frequently and spend near a mirror of more time than usually. I do not notice it in myself. But Nadiya sees all. I must tell that she is very glad that I became such. I have blossomed like a flower under warm beams of the sun. And it is valid so. I feel constant pleasure in heart and even when I alone at home. Nadiya said that if I will meet you she will be happy not less than I.
In relations with lady are you a dominating part? I have in view of - do you like more to be the leader and to make all decisions personally or you like to discuss questions with lady and to make a decision together? Terry today to me have told the exact sum of money which I should pay for the air ticket.
It makes 925$US
I should pay in travel agency in cash.
Terry to me have told that itself are reliable a way will if you send me 925 $ through the Western Union
And then already I shall give this money to travel agency.
To me have told that June, 30 I shall have absolutely all documents and the air ticket will be for July, 1.
Terry I am very happy that already July, 1 we with you shall together!!!
As soon as to me will give out the air ticket I at once I shall write to you the full information on this airflight.
You should meet me at the airport!
It will be the happiest day in my life!!!
OK! I must go. But I shall look forward tomorrow's day to receive your letter again and to write to you.
With the best regards Marina.

Letter 15

Hello my love Terry.
I am very happy to receive your letters.
Excuse me for that that I could not write to you the letter earlier.
I was compelled to go all day to travel agency and other places in which I received some documents.
I have paid money for the air ticket and now I shall wait when to me to inform number of flight and day of a start in USA.
It will be known right after that as my visa will be made out.
Terry I am very happy that absolutely soon we with you shall together!!!
I love you all my heart!
Tomorrow I again will need to go in travel agency and to learn the new information on that as my visa promotes.
I shall keep you posted that as this process goes.
Now I should go home.
I shall dream of you and about day of an our first meeting.
With love your bride Marina.

Letter 16

Hello my love Terry.
I am very happy to receive your letter!
Terry you should know that tomorrow I shall receive my visa and the passport.
I hope that you too are glad that we are fine.
Yesterday I have learned the full information on my airflight:
It is flight ¹ 2967 Moscow-Las Vegas
Start July, 3 at 14.05 pm
Arrival 7.50 am
In flight of 17.45 hours
Terry you should meet me at the airport, I shall be dressed in a red dress and red shoes.
Terry still yesterday in embassy to me have told that that me let out in USA I should have money 1000$US.
This obligatory requirement of the government.
They are afraid for that that many poor people try to fly to USA.
I should have with me this money that the embassy then had not to send me due to the state.
Terry we shall not lose this money because they will be with me!
July, 3 when I shall be at you I shall bring this money to you.
I should have 1000 $ cash within 5 days.
I love you Terry and is sure that July, 3 we with you shall together.
We need to overcome last barrier before meeting.
I shall wait for your fast reply.
For ever yours Marina.

Letter 17

Hi my lion Terry !
Probably you want to ask a question why I named you Lion? Now every day and every night you - in my apartment. You do not understand? OK I will explain. I have the big soft toy. It's the big lion with a long tail and with dense mane. This lion is so charming. It's only one toy I have and I love my lion very much. Elena always asked me:"What is his name?" I constantly thought what name to give to him, but could not to think up. Elena offered many names, but any name was not pleasant to me. I do not know why. But yesterday when I went to bed as usually I have put my lion near to me. I looked at him and think of you. And I have told - Good Night Terry ! And at this moment I have understood that I have found the best name for my lion. This name - Terry ! I was so glad. This name so combined with my lion! Now he always near to me. I look at him and I think of you. It so is amusing. Today I have told about it Elena. We laughed long time. She has told: " It is good that your toy - a lion. If your toy would be an ostrich or the elephant, hardly you would give to such toy the name Terry ! " It was very cheerful.
By the way, to write this letter I has put many efforts. Do you want to know why? Anyhow I will tell to you. Today I for the first time was late on job. I always wake up when my alarm clock calls. But today I did not hear an alarm clock, probably because in sleep I saw you Terry . I woke up with a smile on the face. But when I have looked at hours, I began to laugh very loudly, because I never slept so long time in the morning. Usually I wake up at 6:30. In job I must arrive in 8:00. But today I have woken up at 8:20. I was quickly dressed and had not breakfast at all, because my boss does not like when workers are late for work. I very much hurried up. I ran very quickly along the street, and when I already came nearer to my clinic, I have stumbled and have fallen. Can you imagine it? I lay in the middle of street like a starfish, people go near to me, but nobody has helped me to get up. And I have thought, that you Terry necessarily would help me. I strongly injured a knee and a hand. When I have come in job, limping and scraggly, Elena has asked me:"What's happened?" And I said:"I saw in the dream Terry !" It was so funny. I must tell that in my profession my hands always should be in an ideal condition. My hands should not shiver and feel a pain or any inconveniences because any my careless movement can cause many troubles for the patient, is especially if it is small children. Today I served boy and in my hand there was pain, but I never was mistaken and everything have made ideally. Now I feel pain in leg and in hand, but I write to you the letter and I smile. I am afraid that if I will dream of you frequently, I will be compelled to lie in hospital or in fracture clinic (smile).
Terry I am very glad that you have sent me money today.
Tomorrow early in the morning I shall select your money.
Tomorrow I shall learn the exact information on my airflight and I shall write it to you.
As I shall inform to you if I shall take airflight to other date.
Terry you should know that I each day dream of day of an our first meeting!
I should finish.
Your Marina.

Letter 18

Hello my love Terry.
Today I went to travel agency and aircash departments.
To me have told that I am obliged to buy the air ticket in both sides.
This obligatory requirement of the government to fly to USA.
You we should not worry about that that we to lose additional money to it, because When I in USA I can without problems I shall exchange the ticket in the return party(side) for money.
To this we shall not lose any money.
The full information of airflight to July, 1:
Delta Air Lines
Flight 47 / 417
Start 12:25pm
Moscow, Russian Federation (SVO)
Arrival 6:47pm
Las Vegas, NV (LAS)
17hrs 22min - 1 Stop
Change planes in Atlanta, GA (ATL)
Price 1,722 $ per person
Terry to me it will be necessary 800 $ US to buy this air ticket.
As soon as you send me these äåíèãè that at once write to me the information on it That I could pay this air ticket not later June, 30.
Terry I love you and I wait for our meeting in 3 days!!!!!!!!!!!!
Now I shall wait for your fast letter.
With love, your bride Marina.

Letter 19

Hello my love Terry.
Terry I now am in Moscow.
I today have left hospital.
I should you inform that now I write you very sad letter.
It is very hurt to me to write to you, you see I know that you waited for me.
Now you should not worry about mine health.
I want to tell you that when I went to bank to select yours 800 $ US.
That when I left bank in the street me gangsters waited.
They have struck me some times and have stolen 800 $ US.
I at once have addressed in militia.
There I have written the application and to me have told that they will search these criminals.
But unfortunately in Russia the militia works very unfairly and hardly they will find these gangsters.
I now sit and I pay.
It is very a shame to me with it.
Terry I hope that you understand me.
When I have come in aircash departments and have explained all situation that to me have gone on a meeting.
To me have told that they can transfer my start for some days later.
Terry I still had all other money except for 800 $ which with me have stolen.
Terry to me is very sad to write to you it.
I love you and I think only of you.
With love your wife Marina.