For those Tom Clancy fans out there, the title of this post is also the title of a song in the movie “The Hunt for Red October”. It means something like, “goodbye, mother Russia”. This post is coming exceptionally late, because I let Lara exercise her “electronics death touch” earlier, and I’ve had to battle to get connectivity back. I’m going to be brief.
We did all the typical things today, though we ate out for both lunch and dinner to avoid cooking and cleaning up on our last night. We had to brave some stern looks from the babushkas who don’t think we are dressing the boys warmly enough. It was in the low to mid-50’s today, with periods of sun and clouds. It seemed like a fairly typical fall day. We have the boys in their fleeces, stocking caps, and gloves. Here, they believe that is time for long underwear, snowpants, and scarves! Our hostess, Mila, pleaded with us to put more clothes on the children before taking them out in this weather. Sure, if we had sweaters, we probably would have put them on today, but all in all it wasn’t that bad. I don’t get it. I wanted to scream at everyone that it is going to be about 80 degrees colder here in another 4 months. How many clothes do they wear then?
Anyway, we survived our last day with no further incidents. Both Lara and I are continuing to recover on all fronts. Neither of us is 100%, but we should have enough in the tank to get us home. Looking back now, of course it’s difficult to believe we’ve been here for two weeks. Some day we’ll read back through these posts and be shocked at all that’s happened. We’ve come a long way.
We’re mostly packed. We leave for the airport at 8am tomorrow. There’s definitely a mix of excitement and apprehension in the air, but it is very good to be heading home. Depending on the boys’ behavior, we may be able to shoot off a quick note or make a phone call during one of the airport stays, but don’t be surprised if we stay incommunicado throughout the day tomorrow. These guys simply take our entire focus. At worst, we’ll get out an update after we get home. See you all back in the States!