так счастлива за мир - So Happy for Peace
She wanted to know why we came. We answered we were teachers. Her face lit up all the more, as she gestured to her 6 or 7 year old grandson, and beamed and shook her head back and forth, "I am so happy our peoples are at peace."
I saw a wisdom in her eyes and sensed in her voice that she was finally able to express opposition to the expectation placed upon her and us to live as adversaries for decades.
Grabbing her hands in mine, I smiled, and nodded to agree. We left, without a photo, without exchanging names. It's better that way. She and we represent all the peoples of Russia and the US that wish the best for each other, not the worst. I am so grateful that IREX has given us this opportunity to show each other how we are more alike than different.