Dear Maureen and Charlie,
Yesterday, late in the evening, we were given light. For more
than a week we haven't had electricity even for a minute. Now
we have a short breathing space. They say it will last only three
days, until the next tanker with fuel arrives. So, we lived without
light, without warmth (central heating radiators were hardly
warm), without TV, without our salaries, and many families even
without radio. People selling candles and gas cans are making
good money now. Some "new Russians" have their own
generators, but they are few.
Maureen, I got the package, at last. I like everything! Purple
fleece pants and a fleece shirt with moose on it are "my
second skin" at home. I didn't take them off even at night,
as it was extremely cold at home. And when I am not at home,
my children wear them in turn. Your skirt is a hit in your town,
and my clothing sent by you is a hit here. Now I am warm, and
comfortable, and happy. Thank you very much! I think, Maureen,
you and Charlie are lucky to meet each other and you complement
each other very well. Is it OK that I speak about that?
I am constantly thinking of how I can leave here. Well, I'll
do my best and I'll see what I can do. I am typing this message
wearing your special gloves with tips cut out. It is still very
cold at the library. The weather is also very cold and gusty.
I think, I am healthy only thanks to the vitamins I had. Thank
you for everything again.
My best regards,