conversation with the seller:
-Are you Russian?- the seller
-Yes, – I
-I have a Russian sister-in-law. She has the same accent. I don’t understand her sometimes. But her English is pretty good and so is yours.
-Thank you. Tell her … – I tried to tell something nice
-She has a happy life with my brother in Сalifornia…near the ocean..- she couldn’t stop talking
-Tell her…Merry Christmas, – I tried again
-And she had nothing
-Tomorrow is a Russian Christmas
-Oh, I didn’t know that. Thank you, I will wish her a Merry Christmas, – eventually she heard me
I almost ran away from this woman and the conversation.
I know my accent is my problem. I need to work on it more efficiently, and I don’t.
Unlike some immigrants, I don’t live in a community where people speak my native language.
Therefore, I had to learn English to be able to work and go around without a translator. I’ve reached some level, but now I’ve somehow slowed down on improving it. My bad.
But, regardless, America is a country of immigrants, isn’t it?
They came here in pursuit of happiness.
Is it so bad that a woman who had nothing is now having a good life?
Maybe she deserves a better life, maybe she appreciates it.
I do appreciate it.
My Instagram friend recently wrote (about herself): “When I am overwhelmed with gratitude, I remind myself of one beautiful phrase: I believe – my family and I paid enough for me to feel it right now”.
The right phrase at the right time.
I do appreciate my life here and …I deserve it.
P. S. sorry for the bravado. And Merry Orthodox Christmas!