My day at the market yesterday. But first--I forgot to mention that our shipment finally came this week--it has been like Christmas unpacking our clothes-music-kitchen, and BED! It is too soft and squshy for Bob now that he has gotten used to a harder bed. I wasn't feeling too great this week --so it was nice to stay home most of the time and unpack.
Back to market--it has been in the 5o's and 60's--so nice cool weather--with rain off and on. When I was almost to the market--pulling my cart, there was quite an older couple --now you don't see older couples very often here at all. They had set up on the street a few boxes and were selling some vegtables that I found out they had grown in their garden. I stopped to buy some stuff--but it takes me a while (language issues). Anyway another little older man--wearing a tweed jacket and cap stopped to buy some cucumbers--so I let him go ahead of me. He was so grateful and almost jolly--you don't see too many jolly Russians--who are not drinking. He then was trying to help me understand the woman --he was just so cute and jolly and gave me a side hug as he left. Then I finished buying cucumbers, beautiful beets, some greens? and I think turnips and something else--some kind of root vegtable that she showed me she had dug from the ground. So I ended up buying quite a bit--it was a little over 5 dollars worth. She was so grateful--she touched my shoulder and then make the sign of the cross and touched my shoulder again--saying something--and I felt she had blessed me for buying so much from her. It brought tears to my eyes and as I walked away--I was so grateful for these two humble acts of kindness. . These are the people I love to meet and when I most feel God's love for me and for the wonderful people of Russia.