(Edited again on 4/13)
Man... I'm very tempted to change my settings to prohibit anonymous postings...
I am asking again for the snarky anonymous poster to please just stop leaving comments. You called me "reasonable," but I really don't feel comfortable having other readers—and people in general—debased on my blog. That's just not what my blog is for.
When Jules mentioned my kids' name, your response indicated you might just be looking for something to be argue about. No child's name has been changed from what it was, no one has neither imposed "cultural imperialism" (are you kidding?!) on a child nor done something Biblically wrong. If you read back to earlier years in my blog, you'd know why my kids have the names they do, and that the choice of their names comes purely from cultural respect.
And so what if people write about how hard it is here? Ya' know, it IS hard here compared to life in many other places! I've never been one to focus on the negative side in my blog, but it certainly IS part of our Moscow life. Let people in different countries where life is easier and more honest appreciate what they have! Another side to that coin is also deepening others' respect for what tough cookies Russians are to have lived through all they have and still do. Keep in mind that most of my readers aren't Russian. If Russians are reading? Well then they benefit from getting a foreigner's take on your culture... And they get a glimpse of America, and Americans, that moves beyond superficial stereotypes.
As far as my readers go, they are a group of people sincerely interested in Russia. Many of them have been here in the past and feel a deep connection to this place. Why on earth insult people who only spread goodwill to this country?
(Edited on 4/13)
I guess I just got my first real taste of negative readers... So it's not just Americans coming here (and invading the globe) for easy money and a life of luxe, we're also ignorant about geography, history, other cultures and.. egad... some of us are even stay-at-home mothers instead of being "productive." You know...
Nous, les américains expatriés par choix personnel, nous ne correspondons pas à votre stéréotype de l'américain monolingue et idiot. La mayoría de la gente que escribe de sus experiencias al extranjero lo hace por motivos de curiosidad y respecto. Vorrei anche aggiungere che benché sia personale questo mio blog, faccio uno sforzo di non offendere mai agli altri. Por eso, no me gusta para nada que alguien me deje mensajes negativos. Dies ist mein Blog... Niemand muss es lesen. Je n'ai jamais exigé qu'on soit tous d'accord avec moi; mais ça m'irrite vraiment qu'on m'insulte!
Мы же интересуемся окружающим миром!
Wow... "What brings me here? The smell of a fast buck and a life of luxury?"
Yeah, that's a comment I got the other day on my blog.
OK... Let's see... Fast buck? I work so hard that it's 1:48 a.m. and I'm STILL not done preparing for work tomorrow.... I work with such commitment and determination... I spend every working moment trying to do the best job I possibly can teaching my Russian students... I try so hard to do more than just teach the language... I try to introduce topics that will really make them think, that will really touch them... And after pay day? My salary simply covers the cost of my girls' education and and the clubs (music, arts, sports) they do after school. Barely. Hardly a fast buck. I work so hard so my daughters can have an excellent education.
My husband? Moving here has hardly been a "fast buck" for him, either... Crashing world economies and international problems stemming from 2001 haven't exactly been conducive to profits. He sticks it out here because he, too, is passionate about what he does—helping to create a viable legal network so Russian business (and the Russian economy) can legitimately thrive... Such developments would better the lives of Russian people.
If this country can move beyond corruption and work legally, life will truly be better for all!
Please don't slam me. I'm too busy trying to do an honest day's—and night's—work. I need all the encouragement—and sleep—I can get...