Sunday, March 07, 2010

an opportunity of a lifetime

Ruth-Anne: You bought me a grave for my birthday?
Ed: Do you like it?
Ruth-Anne: Yes, I do. It's a beautiful spot, Ed. A great place to spend eternity.
Ed: They'll dig your hole here. You'll have a great view of the mountain.
Ruth-Anne: What should we do now?
Ed: Now? What do you mean?
Ruth-Anne: You know what I'd like to do? Dance.
Ed: Dance? Where?
Ruth-Anne: Here. On my grave. It's an opportunity of a lifetime, wouldn't you say?

[from Northern Exposure, episode "A Hunting We Will Go"]

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

do you love Jesus?

Yesterday at the store, I saw an old babushka hobbling with a shopping buggy up and down the aisle. She had a Soviet-style scarf, the one that is the symbol of old Russia. I went up to her and asked if she was from Russia. She had the biggest smile on her face, and she said yes. I told her that I lived in Russia for four months. She asked, "Motter, Fotter?" I told her that they were not from Russia. Then she said clear as a bell, "Do you love Jesus?" I told her yes, and she smiled. Then, she asked in Russian what what my name was, but I did not understand her. Then she just said, "Name, name." I told her, and then I asked her what her name was. "Tania." I told her I was happy to meet her. She smiled yet again, and then we both finished our shopping.