Monday, July 16, 2007

Favorite American Things This Week: The Four "F's"

The past few days have been a jet-lagged blur of getting ready for summer camp and enjoying aspects of life here that don't exist back in Moscow. Let's think about FOOD first. We all LOVE, LOVE, LOVE corn-on-the-cob. Corn is grown as animal food in Europe, and what Americans think of as corn simply doesn't exist. You can get canned corn (even Green Giant brand), or even shrink-wrapped corn from Germany (GROSS), but not these luscious ears of corn we've been devouring on a daily basis... Talia and Katya go at their corn "typewriter" style and could eat ear after ear. (Incidentally, why do we say "ear of corn"? That sounds so odd...)

We've been getting our corn, raspberries, peaches, new red potatoes and sweet peas from the farm stand that's near my mom's house. The berries are so delicious that the pint is often devoured before we even get in the car!

As soon as we've picked out our food, they run to say hi to the horses in the stable. There's one brown horse that they've named "Penny" (after the horse in the Felicity stories) that they really like. Other foods we've enjoyed this week have been ginger ale, root beer, Lean Cuisine, Life cereal, bagels and anything grilled. My mom just got a gas grill and dinner every night is absolutely delicious!

Let's now talk about FUN, as in the great day we had at Kid City, a fantastic children's museum in Middletown, CT. We met up with friends from college whom we hadn't seen in four years! Our four kids had never all been together. Katya (as in my friend, not my daughter) emigrated with her family from St. Petersburg when she was seven-years-old. Her mom and dad came to the museum, too; "Little K" (as in my daughter) enjoyed being their bilingual waitress in the play cafes.

Moving on to a FURRY FRIEND, as in Grandma's dog... Whenever we arrive in CT, the girls are of course excited to see their grandma--but then they quickly rush to hug her dachshund! This picture was taken the night we arrived. Natalia really, really wants a dog... She follows the pup everywhere. I sure wish we could have a pet... Living in a city doesn't preclude us from getting one, but what would we do every time we leave the country? It quickly becomes a more complicated and expensive proposition.

I'll end this posting with my favorite category: how FACILE ("Done or achieved with little effort or difficulty; easy") pretty much everything is... People in the USA take for granted how easy life is here compared to in other places... The most basic things here can be so much more complicated and stressful elsewhere... I love drive-thru ATM's and pharmacies. Walmart or Target, where you can run in with a random shopping list (i.e. items you would need to visit MULTIPLE stores in Russia in order to find--if you can even find them) and be out within 30 minutes. Grocery stores: they carry pretty much everything, it's fresh, the aisles are large enough for quick movement through the store, and the prices are unbelievably cheap compared to Europe and Russia. Smoothly paved roads. Traffic rules that people actually obey (OK, I did speed a little on the highway, but everyone else was, too...).

1 comment:

y@y!_blogger said...

hi Tamara,
guess who?hint:12 yrs old, not Julia...