Letter(s) from Ksenia Vshivtseva to S. H. (USA)

Letter 1

Hi! It’s Katerina! I think that you have many questions to me. I’ll try to tell you everything about me. I hope that you’ll tell me about yourself too. Ops… I don't know what to tell you about myself at the beginning, but I hope that you’ll understand me. OK. I’ll try to begin. My full name’s Katerina. My friends call me Katya, but you can call me as you want. I won't be offended.:)) I live in city Cheboksary , Russia. Do you know? - Cheboksary is in the north of Russia. My growth of 175 centimeters, weight of 58 kg? my age 28 years, it's normal? because for me has no value, how many to my elect will be years because I consider, that the most important, these are feelings, understanding, trust, support. And all rest, it is simple words. Which mean nothing, as well as age, between us! I began to get education in usual russian high school here. After I finished it I entered the pedagogical university. I work in school in Cheboksary. I work as a teacher of Russian language. I usually work since 8-10 mornings till 5-7 evenings. I usually wake up early 6.30 to have time to do everything, to prepare for a meal and to take a shower. I come back home in 8 evening. Sometimes I remain at school to use the internet in the evening. I’ll have an opportunity to send you letters only from Monday till Saturday, 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’s more convenient for me to write you from my work. It depends not on my desire. With a computer works another employee. I haven’t 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. And now answer my questions please, if you can: Do you like your job? Tell me about it something… About place where you live right now for example??? If you can and want certainly… What’s your favorite film & kind of music maybe? You may tell about yourselves something interesting in addition also. You may not answer these questions. I think it’s really simple questions.:) In my next letter I’ll necessarily answer other your questions. I send you my picture. I hope it’s pleasant to you. I look forward your letter and your pics too.

Your new friend Katerina!!!

Letter 2

Hi Bemywife! How is your day? I hope that you’re glad to receive my letter because when I’ve received your letter I really was delighted. At once I want to tell to you about my opportunities to write letters to you. I had not time to tell about it in my last letter. I write to you from my job because I have not a personal computer. The computer is in 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 does not depend on me unfortunately. I work six days in a week - from Monday till Saturday. It’s the standard established in Russia. On this I’ll not be capable to write to you and to receive your letters on Sunday from my work. We in Russia, have not enough people who has house a computer and consequently me to have to use on work as they at us very dear, Russia, very difficult country! I very much love children, age of my pupils from 7-10 years, and I like to learn them that children have grown, and much that have achieved in a life. I studied language of your country from school because to me your culture always interested, and I hope that you to me too tell more about your country.
The difference in the age, for me does not matter, because I consider age not the main thing in attitudes. In attitudes the main thing that there was a harmony. The person should understand the half as they should live together up to the end of a life. And it needs understanding, trust and respect, I hope, that you think as.
Thank, that you have told to me about your interests, it sounds well. I promised you to tell what music I like. Now I’ve some free minutes and I’ll spend this time to tell to you about my interests with pleasure. I like various music. It depends on my mood. I like to listen classical music. I like Dunaevski And Chajkovsky. I like to listen simply instrumental music. Such music allows relaxing and having a rest. When I listen to such music I like to reflect on much. I like to listen to guitar masterpieces of Joe Satriani. I like group Dire Straits very much. I like Beatles. They are not similar to anybody. It’s great group. I like Madonna, Robbie Wiliams and G. Michael and many others. I like many Russian musicians. For example Philip Kirkorov, Valeria or groups: Chaif, Splin. But you do not know these musicians. I like cinema very much. In Russia there are many good films and talented directors as Tarkovsky, Konchalovsky, Mikhalkov. My favorite movies - Siberian Barber and Tired by the Sun. It's masterpieces of the Russian cinema. The hollywood movies are popular too. I like hollywood movies and I like many actors. For example: Mel Gibson is good actor. I like films - The Sixth Sense, the Rainman, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Gone with the Wind, the Godfather, Groundhog day, The Scent of a Woman. My favorite actors - Bruce Willis, Al Pacino, Kevin Costner, Samuel L. Jackson, Julia Roberts, Tom Hanks, Demi Moore. I think you know all of them.
Whether it is a lot of at you happens a free time? At me a free time happens not so much because I am borrowed all time by work. Even at home I am engaged in work. Work of the house for me, is check of writing-books of pupils. Every day I need to check writing-books, happens that them much. In the evening I check writing-books about 100 pieces. It is a lot of, and from for it I have not enough time to spend it for myself. But when it at me happens, I go on a visit to my best friend Dasha. Sometimes I go to walk on streets.
I receive holiday only one in the year. It goes under the schedule if I shall not take holiday in it to year at me it will not be. At us in Russia very complex system of work and holidays.
Hmm … What else to tell about me? I never was in other country, but I always was interested in other countries, and I dream, that I shall probably travel when that in the life. I know about other countries only through the TV. I was never married and I have not children. I’m lonely and the reason of my loneliness not only in me. However, I do not know if it’s interesting for you. I live honestly, and it brings pleasure to me. I’m optimist and I like to smile, because a smile is a mirror of our souls. For my happiness is not required many things. Probably, 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, that our life becomes fine irrespective of where you live and what you have. But the loneliness fills in life by sadness. But I do not want to tell about sadness anymore. I’m glad that I’ve an opportunity to write to you and I’m glad that you write to me. And at present it really causes a smile on my face. I shall a little tell, why I search for the guy and husband, from other country because I had a guy earlier, but it with me was very rough, and was so, that it to me changed to me with other woman and after that, I to myself have told, that I shall never search for the man in Russia more, they only are able to drink constantly vodka with the friends, and never put women on the first place. Here therefore I do not wish to have the husband from Russia. Bemywife, tell to me why you search for the destiny, the woman from whom you would be happy, from other country in what your reason? I should finish my letter. Have you the big family? What do you look for in a soulmate, Bemywife? If you do not want, you may do not answer my questions. I have not any relatives who live with me. But I’ve some girlfriends, only one best girlfriend. Her name’s Dasha. We are friends during 18 years. She’s a true friend. She always helps me, as well as I help her. She has very kind heart. For the sake of our friendship we can return all what we have. I’m very glad that I’ve such girlfriend. Have you any friends?? So I’ll look forward to hearing.

Letter 3

Hi Bemywife! I am frankly glad that I’ve a possibility to write you again.
I want to tell you about my mother, because when I say about my Mum - I tell about my family. It’s really so because I have never seen my grandfather and grandmother and I have not brothers or sisters. I was only one child in the family, and my family consisted of two people - my mother and I. 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 17 years old. Three 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. Mum was paralyzed as a result of it. She has spent three years in the wheelchair. I looked after her did all that was in my opportunity to make a life for which she was fated since this moment - easy and joyful. I spent little time with my friends and practically I spent near my mother all my free time. 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 was happened always. She met me every day and never forgot it. That's why I felt alarm at once when 11 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 opened the door I understood that I stayed alone. My mother was sitting in her chair as usual. But she was dead…
I remember how I stretched my arm and touched her pulse. Darkness has appeared in my eyes and my feet didn't obey me. I couldn't stand. I thought I would go mad. I’ve felt that I lose consciousness and lain on the floor. I sobbed and couldn't quiet down. I couldn't imagine that I’ll live without mom. This was the person I lived for. All that I did in my live - I did for her. Forgive me that I’ve 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 please. 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 mum I can't stop. But I promise not write such letters anymore. Now I rent flat in Cheboksary. There’s a one room, kitchen and bathroom. I understand that this is a little flat but I feel convenient in it. And it isn’t far from my work. It takes me 20 minutes to get to the school. I often walk to my work when I’m not late and the weather’s good. I get to the school by bus sometimes. But I don't like it because the buses are always full and it isn’t convenient to stand there.
I wanted to ask you about a nationality also. Is the nationality of a person important to you? I don't have such prejudices. I want to tell, that the nationality isn’t important for me. I don't think where a person was born. I want to find a man with kind heart. I love kindness and I hate a rage. The most important for me in a man is honesty and kindness. It’s impossible to create the world of harmony and love without it. Isn’t it, Bemywife? Roughness destroys love. I’m ready to give all my love to a man who also is ready to give me his love. I think that in any relations the main thing is mutual respect and mutual understanding. I think it’s not so much. The rest isn’t important for me. Kindness. Honesty. Respect. I’ve to finish. Sincerely and with best regards. Katerina