I have every intention of writing a "juicy" post about "Maslenitsa," the week filled with blini (Russian crepes) preceding Lent... We spent yesterday celebrating it at Chekhov's home in the countryside -- I have a really neat post to compose once I get the chance*!
In the meantime, today, the last day before Lent begins in the Russian Orthodox church, is when you're supposed to ask for forgiveness -- so that the negative "goes away" with the winter and a fresh, clean Spring is ushered in tomorrow. (Hmm... It's not exactly feeling as if we're about to begin Spring in 30 minutes, but whatever...)
Katya spent last night at the home of the Russian Orthodox pal from school who invited us to the festivities yesterday, returning tonight.
Katya: Mom! Today's the day you're supposed to say you're sorry! So, I'm sorry!
Me: (Curious... ) Sorry? For what?
Katya: Well, I'm supposed to say I'm sorry. Um, well, for anything I've done.
Me: (Still curious...) What did you do that you're sorry for?
Katya: (Dubious... trying to please). Um... Not listen?
Me: Oh, that's wonderful! And I'm sorry I lose my patience! Do today's apologies mean that we're not supposed to do these things anymore?
Katya: (Afraid, then relieved). Uh, I don't think so... I'm not Russian, you know... So you can't expect me to actually believe all these Russian traditions... Besides, burning the Maslenitsa doll (more on that tomorrow) takes away the memories of the bad things, so you won't know that some things have been making you mad for a while!
I see! Well then... I guess this means she'll understand when I, her non-Russian mom, am not always patient in the coming year!
*This week is yet another really busy week... And this weekend was very busy, too. How I want things to slow down... I'm not sure how much time I'll have to blog in the next few days, but I have SO many pictures from last week to post... I'm having a tough time balancing being a mom and also working right now. This week will be an adjustment since it will be our first week with Natalia no longer attending her daily kindergarten.