If you have been keeping up with my ever-changing itinerary, you will know that the phrase “expect the unexpected” appears there as a sort of mantra for traveling in Russia. Confirming a meeting or appointment more than 3 days in advance is a waste of time (“they will forget about it for sure…”). Imagine my surprise when I learned that “we haven’t started calling people yet” for the follow up meeting scheduled for the 16th of October. As for me, I’d be busy already if I wasn’t one of the presenters! HAHAHA!
But this post is about a different kind of unexpected surprise. Last week when I visited boarding school #113, a small but interested group of kids with disabilities came to visit with me after lunch – to ask questions about America and to get up close and personal with a foreigner. Normally, kids ask questions such as: what do you think of your President Obama? or – do you have any pets? or – how do you like Samara? I was glad to give a California quarter to anyone brave enough to ask me a question of any kind. One sweet little girl could only utter: spasiba. (Thank you in Russian). Imagine, then, my surprise when one of the teenagers looked me right in the eyes and asked, “What are your moral and ethical values?” Open door. Walk in. A real God moment.
She’s in the back row – white blouse, red jumper. I hope to speak with her again soon . . .