Wednesday, September 27, 2006

There is a first time for everything!

While we were in Ukraine, it was common to see a grandfather (dedushka) pushing a child in a stroller. After living in Russia for 17 months, we finally saw a grandfather out with a little one. That doesn’t mean it never happens here. It just means we saw it for the first time today. When asking Russians about this we have gotten different answers. “Maybe the grandfather is an alcoholic”, “maybe the grandfather is dead” and so on. It was interesting that in Ukraine the men seemed to live longer there than they do here. On a daily basis, older men are not as visible here as older women are.

The little guy who was out with his gandpa today looked very happy. And grandpa appeared to be very patient with this little one.

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