I am in Russia at the moment (my home country) and things that I grew up with are striking me differently after spending the last 11 years of my life in the US.
I am wondering about how we as kids accept reality as it is (was), and often don’t know the alternative ways of organizing life and ourselves. We grow up in the environment that our parents and culture provide and build our view about ourselves and opinions about life from that environment.
I am not talking about which environment is better or worse, I am talking about “the way things are” in different countries and cultures. Although we all strive for similar things and care about the same stuff (love, kids, finances, etc.), the basic “going to the store” process could be quite different. And usually you discover it IN THE store.
You probably guessed that there is a story about my trip to the store. Well, you’re right! Actually there are two stories. and I am sharing one.
As an artist and creator of unusual quilts I went to a local fabric store and was surprised by the fabric there. It was mostly geared toward dresses and all kind of outfits, and the quilt section was so tiny and looked more like “kid’s fabric” rather than quilt fabric. Oh well quilting is not Russian entertainment… making clothing! I knew it and I forgot.
Then there is a architectural differences and the way Russians do cities. with lots of churches of different designs…beautiful and sometimes strange.
Like the example below:-)
from Russia with love,