'Lost dream': what the Russian woman who has moved to the USA regrets
“Luda worked with us as a nurse,” said 62-year-old Val, who moved to the States from Moscow as a child. I pricked up my ears right away.
“Mom then started having memory problems. She completely forgot English, spoke only Russian. That's why we hired Luda, ”Val continued.
Lively, with shining brown eyes, she was then thirty-two. In the States at that time she lived only a few months, she was expecting documents. The woman quickly found contact with Val's mother, she understood literally at once.
"Hurts badly? Now, now, the pill will work soon, ”she said calmly and affectionately. “Let me read you for now?”
Val sighed heavily and looked out the window. The sky was slowly losing the peach colors of the sunset.
“Do you know what struck me? No, not even an approach to work. She was very clever, I would even say, smart. With a medical education, she worked as a physiotherapist in Russia. It is clear that her diploma did not mean anything here. But if you get an education, even in college, to learn a language, the chances of the American dream are already getting higher, ”Val continued.
It turned out that Luda had planned.
“I want to finally speak English normally, understand people. I signed up for college courses here, ”Luda once shared.
The sky outside the window had already turned dark blue foreshadowing the night.
“I met her a year later,” Val continued. ““ Hey, how are you today ?! ”, he decided to joke, but Luda did not recognize me, her eyes froze.”
She abandoned English.
“Yes, a month went by, but there was not much progress ... And then I was recommended to be in the same family, as a nanny, I live with them now, they pay well,” said Luda.
Almost 25 years have passed since then.
“Somehow I wanted squash caviar, which my mother was preparing. I went to a Russian store. I think you guessed who the saleswoman was, ”Val says.
In the brown eyes of Luda there was still that splendor, but already quiet, not bright.
She married a Russian, an installer of split systems, with whom she rented a small apartment in a suburb of Los Angeles.
“It's easier to work with your own. Americans still do not always understand. But to learn the language ... Sometimes there was not enough money, then time. I thought I won’t pull it, I’m very tired of working as a nurse, ”said Luda.
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There was some regret in her voice. As if a woman did not let this feeling come out, locked somewhere inside. Since then, Val has not met Luda.
“Maybe she lost her dream?” I suggested.
"Can. Maybe her dream narrowed down to a Russian store and communication with compatriots. Or maybe she was not ambitious, that was enough for her. Everyone has their own American dream, ”Val shrugged.
The original column is published in Dumb America Blog for Yandex Zen.
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