One of my childhood friends sent this photograph via Facebook. I thought you would get a kick out of it, so here it is:
Yeah, the one with an arrow pointing at her is me. When my daughter saw it, her words were: “Mommy, you were one ugly little girl.” That child doesn’t have a filter between her brain and her mouth. Hmm, that reminds me of someone…
We all had to wear those scratchy school uniforms and boy, were they uncomfortable! Do you see how my apron stands out from the crowd? That’s because my mom made it, the other ones were bought in-store. Even though mom worked full-time, she would occasionally sew and knit clothes for us. Not so much to save money, she just wanted my sister and I to look unique.
Needless to say, I didn’t appreciate it at the time. I don’t think there is enough miles or points to motivate me to knit a sweater. Are you kidding me? That’s worse than filling out those IHG cards for Priceless Surprises promo. Speaking of: Mail it now! Ends soon!
It goes without saying that “unique” was frowned upon in the Soviet Union. I once had an exchange with Stefan from RapidTravelChai. His flight in Russia was rerouted to another airport and not one of the passengers made a peep about it. He was surprised by all the stoic expression-less faces around him. I told him it goes back to times of Stalin. You blend in or else you go to Siberia.
Even though most kids on this photo appear downright miserable, that wasn’t the case at all. We just don’t smile on photos. When I look at it, it reminds me of a simpler time. No credit cards, miles or points to speak of. We were quite poor, but it wasn’t a big deal.
There was no debating on where we would go on family vacation because there would be no vacation. I would take a train to spend summer with my cousin, just like I did the previous year. We would go to the woods, hunt for berries and sometimes steal corn from collective farm fields. Ah, the good old days! Well, except for stealing. That was bad.
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