Letter(s) from Anastasia Zhurov to Mike (USA)

Letter 1

Hello Mike!

Thank you very much that you've paid attention to me. I was surprised, frankly speaking I didn't expect your answer but it's a good surprise.
You know I am not used to meeting people like this. It is unusual for me. I put my profile on the site for the first time. So I don't know what I should write you but I will tell you some words about myself.
My real name is Larisa. My age is 30 years. I was born in a small but beautiful town.
So I like my town very much. I live in the block of flats. I live with my parents. They are retired already. I'm a shop-assistant at the grocery. Actually I have graduated from the state university. My specialization is insurance. I couldn't find well-paid work in my town because they say that I am not experienced yet. So I decided to go for the shop for a while. I can say that I like my job. I like to help people, to explain them something. I am rather communicative and easy-going, so I don't have any problems with my work. What about you?
What are you doing for a living? In what city do you live? What your city looks like? Do you have a big family? As for me I have only parents and granny. She lives in a countryside, not far from us. We try to visit her every weekend or she also comes to visit us.

I think that's enough for the first time. So please tell me about yourself. ok?

Nice to meet you! Have a nice day!

Your new friend Larisa.

Letter 2

Hello Mike!

I'm so happy to read your letter.
How was your day, by the way? As for me, when I have a lot of customers and don't have any minute to have a rest I come home very sluggish. But on the other hand I feel happy because I worked for the people and I was useful for them. These thoughts and feelings cheer me up and sometimes I find forces to go out with my friends in the evening. We can go to the cinema, concert, cafe or just go for a walk.
I have two good girlfriends Tanya and Olga. So we have a wonderful time together. One of them has a boyfriend in England. She got acquainted with him in internet and when she visited him, they fell in love with each other. They're going to marry soon. I am so happy for her. She managed to find her destiny in internet. So I think I will be able to find my man too. I really want it. I'd like to create a real family, to have a good husband who can support me in everything. And I decided to my profile on that site. What are you planning from such acquaintances? Do you like your job? How long do you work? I mean how many hours a day? As for me I work since 9:00 till 18:00 every day except weekends. I want to tell you something about the place where I live. I live in Russia. My town called Yaksatovo.
We have some monuments devoted to famous persons, poets like Pushkin (did you hear about him?) Our town is not far from the wood. So we go to the forest to have barbecue party and to swim. We have the nice lakes there and also the river crosses my town. I really adore my native city. Please tell me about your city. As I told you before I live with my parents. I love them so much. My mum's name is Venera. She is 56. She worked at school. She is so kind and warm-hearted. My father's name is Sergey. He is 57. He is a former military man. He has a strong character and took a great part in my education. I can say that our family is a happy family. My parents took care of me before and now. I take care of them. We also have a big, lazy cat. He is a member of our family too. His name is Markiz. Do you have pets? Please tell me some words about your family too. I finish here. I have to go. I am waiting for your e-mail. Take care! Sincerely, your Larisa.

Letter 3

Hello Mike!

How are you today? I'm pleased to get your e-mail. I think that I consider acquaintance through the internet more seriously now. I'm glad that I have the computer at home and can easily reply to you. I have a question. When you've made a profile on dating site did you think that you would be able to find a person for serious relationship? I hope that you're serious about me. I'm tired of different games in the internet and in my life. To my mind if a person uses dating sites he has serious purposes to find a person who will suit him. Do you agree with me? I'd like to tell you some words about my hobby. I have free time in the evenings and at weekends. I often go out with my friends as I told you before. I adore plays. Such performances impress me a lot. We have good plays in our dramatic theatre. Our actors are really talented. I also like cinema, jazz concerts. We often chat with my girlfriends in little cafes where there are not so many people. I go to the gym twice a week. I do aerobics to keep fit. This sport helps me to be energetic and in a good mood. Sometimes I also read novels, classics, some foreign writers (Tekkerey, O'Henry, Golsworthy). What books do you prefer to read? I like dancing. In my childhood I went to ball dances and I know how to move by rhythms of music. So I go to disco-clubs too. But not so often (on holidays). Actually I listen to different music. It depends on my mood. It can be R&B, rock, rap, classical music, pop-music. What do you listen to? Do you like travelling? How do you spend your spare time?

Dear, I should close my letter here. I will write you as soon as I can. I look forward to your letters.

Your Larisa.

Letter 4

Hello my friend Mike!

I'm happy that you answered my letter. How do you feel? How is your mood? As for me I feel wonderful. Today I woke up earlier than usually and the first thought was about you. I thought that I will write you by all means supposing that you have already written a nice letter to me. I was right! Again I have questions for you. :) I really want to know you better and only facts about you will help me in this case. Do you have many friends? Are you communicative? As for me I'm talkative and sociable. I can feel convenient in any company even if I know nobody in a company. I can find ways to have a common language between me and other people. But the Russian proverb says: "Trust but check".
So I trust all my secrets only to my mum and to 2 my best friends: Tanya and Olga. Tanya and me are former classmates. We were sitting at one desk since the first form. Can you imagine? :) I forgot to tell you. I was born in the village (50 km from the town). When I was 3 we moved to Yaksatovo. Only my granny decided to stay in the village. She says that she needs fresh air and her favorite garden, where she's ready to work 24 hours without a break, in spite of the fact that she has a high pressure and hard work is forbidden for her. We ask her all the time to move to our flat but she insists on staying in the cottage with her garden. She says that work gives her strength. And she doesn't know what to do if she moves to us. We understand her. So we try to visit her every weekend and to spend as much time as possible with her. Her eyes sparkle when we are all together. My friend Olga is my neighbour. Her flat is above mine. We are together for more than 10 years. She's web-designer. She has a boyfriend from England as I told you before. Tanya is a teacher of English she has a family already: a nice husband and a wonderful kid. His name is Max. He is 4 now. I spend a lot of time with her son because Tanya is busy very often but she doesn't have anybody who can help. She lost her parents when she was 10. The accident... But now she's happy and I'm happy for her. I envy her a little. I also want to create a family and to have a son as Max. He is 4 but he is so clever. He can already read and count.
That's unbelievable. Do you like children? Are you going to have a kid? I finish here. Please write some words about the place where you live. Good luck. Sincerely, your Larisa.

Letter 5

Hi dear Mike!

I'm happy again to get your e-mail. You even can't imagine how happy your letters make me! So I read each of your letters with pleasure.
How was your day? What's the weather in your city? As for us, it has been raining all day long. My mood is not so high. But now my mood is better because I have read your letter recently. It is a pity that we live far from each other. But I believe that one day we will find a chance to see each other. Frankly speaking I want to have someone near me who will love me, will take care of me and will respect me. I'm tired of being strong all the time. I want to feel weak and to have a strong man to protect me from everything. I would like to believe that one day this will happen in my life. What are you dreaming of? What is the most valuable in your life? I know that the first place is a family. It's the most important thing in people's life. My mum and dad even not too old. They are rather understandable and modern. They brought me up in kindness and love. They've never raised their hands on me. They managed to find a way to me and brought up an intelligent and hard working person. They did their best to bring me up and to give me a good education. I'm grateful to them for everything. I remember how tired they were both after work but still they come to me and helped with homeworks at school. I will never forget this time.
But my parents were not rich. My mum had been working at school for many years. She taught Russian and literature and she adores kids (no matter junior or senior). She often says that she misses children but her job is ill-paid in our country. As you know this profession is not popular. My dad was a military man. He had been working with soldiers.
He is used to giving orders (even in the family). But he was a real professional in this affair. Now he occupies with his old car in the garage. :) So my parents worked only for me to give me best things in this life.... They worked so hard and didn't get good salary. It is unjust. As for me I don't want to live like this. I don't want to buy something good from salary to salary. It's not my cup of tea. I want a "real" life. I want to see the world. I don't want to count every cent of my salary. I hope I will archive my aims very soon. After it I will buy a big house for my parents and they will look after a big garden.
I want to believe that my dreams will come true! Please tell me something about your parents too. It's interesting for me. Please tell me also about your job in detail. How many hours a day does it take?
Do you like it or do you want something better? Ok dear, I have to finish here. I'm looking forward to your reply. A sensitive kiss!
Your Larisa.

Letter 6

Hello dear Mike!!!!

How are you? What are you doing? I begin to think about you every day.
Your letters raise my mood. Thank you. Yesterday I went to the gym. I was tired so much that in the morning it was so hard to leave my bed.
Even a hot bath didn't help me. What about you? What did you do yesterday? I also met my friend Tanya. We decided to sit in the cafe.
She has some difficulties at work and wanted to consult me. Then we were remembering our childhood. It was quite nice. As you know I was born in the village, in the house where my granny lives now. I don't remember it very well but I can easily imagine my granny's garden with a great amount of flowers. She loves to grow flowers (especially chrysanthemums). At the age of 3 I was taken to the town. My parents took me in the kindergarten. I was a social child. So I didn't have problems with other children. But I didn't like one educator. There were 2 educators in my group. I really adored one of them and my eyes were shining when it was her shift. But when my mum took me to the kindergarten and I saw the other educator I began crying asking to take me home. My mum told me this. So I think I could easily feel people when I was little. May be this woman wasn't so kind though she didn't harm to me. Then I went to school. My teachers were wonderful.
They supported every our step. Even now we go to visit them and congratulate on the Teacher's Day. On the whole my childhood was happy. My parents noticed my abilities for dancing and took me to choreography nobby group. I learnt to dance ballet dances. That was an amazing period in my life. I was travelling to many cities with concerts. But on the 9th form I gave up dances because my partner left Silikatny and I couldn't find another one and I didn't have good results at school. So I had to catch up with my class. Now I'm sorry that I couldn't continue these dances. But it's ok. So my childhood was really wonderful. Thanks to my parents of course and friends who are ready to support me any minute. What about you? Can you tell me some words about your childhood? I can say that my childhood helped me to clarify what I need in this life and what I must value and forget.
Ok, I finish here. I was glad to see your letter in my mail-box today.
Have a good day. Kiss you. Larisa