Part 2 – 1st grade

When I entered school, my biggest problem  was my 1st grade teacher Antonina Pavlovna. *This is a cautionary tale for kids and their parents. Be nice to your teachers. This is what used to pass for educators twenty years ago. Antonina Pavlovna had many hobbies. She liked to exercise her vocal cords. She liked to exercise herContinue reading “Part 2 – 1st grade”

Part 1 – 1st Grade

When I went to first grade I wore a uniform. Everyone did. We were all equally dressed and depressed in brown and black. A student could roll up in a Rolls Royce(or Chaika in my case) to the school, but inside the school he or she was supposed to be on the same footing asContinue reading “Part 1 – 1st Grade”

Teacher’s pet

When I was in grade school I was sure I knew everything. I knew the multiplication table, I knew the map of the city I lived in. I knew all the names of the important Soviet leaders. (They were all important). What else was there? My teacher hated me. Hated. It pissed him off evenContinue reading “Teacher’s pet”

If Genius is not found, then find Husband.

As a young child, I had wanted to find something I was exceptionally good at. I had tried sports, I had tried musical instruments, I had even tried learning languages, but nothing clicked. In kindergarten, my classmate had an Idea. “Maybe,” she said, “you are not meant to be exceptional by yourself. Maybe you are meant toContinue reading “If Genius is not found, then find Husband.”