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Letters from Guardian Angels – February 2013

From Lilya!

Lilya pg 1

Lilya pg 1

How is everything? How is your health? How is your family? What’s new?

Here everything is great and we wish you the same!

My vacation is over and I’m working again! At work everything is the same, I’m just working with a different group of kids. I now have the oldest boys. Of course, I sensed a difference between this and the last house. The conditions are completely different and there are a lot more boys. That’s alright, we’ll help them as much as we can!

Lilya pg 2

Lilya pg 2

Yesterday I brought my beads with me to the dorm and some of the boys beaded for several hours! Murat was thrilled when I called him over to bead! He used to attend my classes when he lived in a different section of the dorm.

Yesterday the weather was fantastic – a wintry, magical day! I was walking down the street when I heard someone call my name. Serezha was sitting in his wheelchair in the middle of an alley, under the snowy paws of a nearby pine tree, and smiling, asked me – “Cold?”

And I thought how cool it would be to pull him around on a sled and then make him some hot tea with pancakes! They love it when you bring them something from home – they say proudly and a bit reverently, “We ate something homemade!” These kids lack so many simple pleasures (which most people just take for granted and don’t consider pleasures at all) – but why?

Lilya pg 3

Lilya pg 3

Today, during class, Artem, who has been watching the television series “The Magnificent Century”, started calling us by the characters’ names. Oleg didn’t like his, so he picked up a folder with notebooks, put it under his arm and said, “I’ll be the director!” So we started playing along, pretending to be his subordinates! He was so proud he could have touched the ceiling with his nose!!! Everything turned out to be so awesome and funny!

Also, someone brought the boys, well, actually they all went to a concert and someone gave them a toy keyboard with a microphone, no worse than a real one. So Artem quickly took the lead! Sasha likes to turn the music on (like a DJ), Artem is a lead singer, and the rest do background vocals. Now we have our very own super-stars!

Our bead work has brought us so many joys – they grow like mushrooms after the rain! I barely have time to cut the wire for them! And so much imagination!

At home everything is the same. On long winter nights the girls and I like to bead, knit, do homework, and write letters :)
We enjoy the company of friends who come for a cup of some aromatic tea! In another month and a half the yard and garden work will start again!

I’ll end here! Hello to everyone!

Hugs!

Lilya

From Olga!

Olga pg 1

Olga pg 1

Hello, dear friend.

This is a letter from the caretaker of dormitory #2 and my kids.

Today the weather outside is wonderful – the snow is softly falling and it is unusually warm. I took the children in wheelchairs outside for a walk. You should have seen their eyes – there was so much wonder and happiness in them, it is difficult to express.

Olga pg 2

Olga pg 2

Over the past month we have made a small accomplishment. Yulia Cheget, Danil Kurianov and Nastya Mazhaeva can now take a toy out of someone’s hands. Igor Shtepa is learning to walk. With my help he can make it from his bedroom to the toy room without stopping and has even learned to kick a ball with his foot. Just recently I witnessed the following scenario: Egor Teychenko burst into tears and Olya Radulova crawled over to him and stroked his face so tenderly that he stopped crying. And they become so happy when you take out a piece of candy! Those kids who can crawl are momentarily at my side.

Olga pg 3

Olga pg 3

So these are our successes, however small.

At home my routine is always the same, days go by in a slow progression. I’ll end my short message here. They just brought out dinner, so I have to go feed the children.

Good-bye. Respectfully,

Olga

From Raisa!

Raisa pg 1

Raisa pg 1

Hello, dear friend.

This letter is from the caretaker from dormitory #3 and my boys. I want to share my joys and sorrows with you.

We celebrated the Christmas holidays. The children received gifts and were happy with the gifts.

Oleg Panosyan has been progressing well in his lessons. He points to the pages in the primer and pronounces some of the letters.

Vladik Kosykh puts the desks in order during lessons and his everyday life helps to fold clothes and put away the shoes.

We recently hosted a concert from the Preslavskiy institution.

No bad news here.

I explained the characteristics of snow to the kids – it’s cold outside and the snow crunches under your feet; it melts when it’s warm and you can mold it when it’s wet.

Good-bye. Respectfully,

Caretaker Raisa Gudenko and my guys from dorm #3

From Valya!

Valya pg 1

Valya pg 1

Hello, dear friend!

Sending you a huge greeting and lots of wonderful wishes from me and my boys.

We would like to share with you our joys and setbacks.

In general everything is fine here. The boys did some testing and showed knowledge in the alphabet, especially Ruslan Fedorchenko. He pointed to all the letters without speaking, without the help of pictures. Oleg pointed to the letters and pronounced some of them (he does not speak well), but he used the pictures.

We laughed a lot when Oleg pretended he was the director – I was writing and then put the folder aside to play checkers with Sasha, so Oleg picked up my folder and said that he was a director.

Currently we are preparing for the kids to participate in a checker tournament. Sasha Zalozniy, Serezha Poluzhin and Artem Neganov.

In general all is well with us.

Good-bye! Respectfully,

The boys from dorm #5 and caretaker Valya Kara.

(Translations by Kat Dudina)