Impressions of an Expat

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Impressions of an Expat
(in no particular order) circus worker, single father, novelist, short-order cook, welder, surf saxaphonist, late-night crooner.
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  • not just then but before, and slowly after 5 days ago E turned to me and asked if she could get a haircut. I did not hesitate and told her it was her hair, and she could do whatever she wanted. For her entire life she has never gotten a haircut beyond the random trimming seasons I perform, with her sitting patiently on the edge of the bathtub as I...
  • coming and going 1 week ago The street is a single sheet of black ice. We move forwards in small, sliding steps her hand in mine as E almost falls then steadies herself every ten feet. It is dark still, the sun will not come up for at least two hours. Our breath hangs in small clouds in front of our faces. We make our way...
  • as salty as the sea 2 weeks ago V is turning a lemon around in her hands, four tiny fingers squeezed together, tapping the thick skin. N is stirring kasha for her, to be fed patiently in little spoonfuls. The baby will cry out, twist her face, wiggle, moan and then eat another half spoonful spreading much more across her cheeks....
  • another fever 3 weeks ago A low whistle comes from the windows, left open by little cracks to let some air in. The wind is howling outside. Trees are bending hard, limbs swatting against the cold glass like monsters. E is curled on the couch, her forehead sweaty, her hands splayed in odd poses. I dare not move, or wake her...
  • I'm afraid of Americans 1 month ago A note: At first glance, the title of this post (a David Bowie song from the album Earthling) might seem like a tribute to him. I think there is no irony in the fact that I wrote all of this last night, well before the news of his death this morning.  I think his influence on millions of people...

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Sarah
18:31 PM November 19, 2013

This blog is so wonderfully written that I have to read it every week, or else I feel I have missed something. Yes, it shows the darker side of living as an expat in Moscow, but it often shows rare beauty and unexpected joy.

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