Today was Sasha’s Birthday. He was not in the San Francisco area as planned. He had been scheduled for a day with Hosting Family #12 in Bonny Doon, Santa Cruz, California.
After Sasha was denied a US Tourist Visa, there was great disappointment by all parties involved. When Sasha was asked what he was going to do next, he wrote:
I spent about two hours at the local church to lighten my heart and looks I have achieved my goal. It is easier now. .... Oh there is much to do. To change the water line which supplies my property with fresh water .... maybe to buy (my long dream) - a long sliding ladder...
Some of the Hosting Families and other people picked up on that concept and each “gifted” Sasha one of the 9 rungs of his dream Sliding Ladder. It was quite a surprise for him.
Today Sasha also had a meeting with the Headmaster at the local school regarding a formal English teaching position in the coming year. When pestered for a “debriefing” he wrote:
The Head of the school introduced me to (various people). … it was explained my first procedures I have to do. I have to …. , prepare the working plan by the 20th of August, and come for the teacher's meeting on August 30. With my various experiences , I shall discuss not only theory of the subject with the students but shall talk about life as well...
So it sounds like Sasha will be teaching English in an official capacity with a regular paycheck! That was a positive Birthday Morning.
When asked about his Birthday plans Sasha wrote:
My friend “L” will come to my place for a tea session. I got to know “L”about two-three years ago when I visited her store. We became friends in last December. Also a man from Switzerland, Peter, will probably come with his Russian wife, Olga, who was my neighbor.
Sasha once told me that books were the most valuable gift he could be given. So one night a few weeks ago I went on www.BetterWorldBooks.com and ordered a dozen books for him. The prices are great and there are no shipping fees - even for international deliveries. Funds go to support literacy programs around the world. Most of the ordered books were on the subject of Teaching English as a second language. Some on Russian/English conversations. I figured if Sasha is planning on teaching this crazy English language, then he needs an adequate home library to support his efforts.
Here is Sasha’s response when the books arrived:
Wow! You have made the Greatest Present to me for my birthday!!!
Thank you very, very much!!! I am among the books on the sofa, like a hungry dog snatching one, then another, then another like pieces of food.... I take one book, then another, and another not knowing what I shall start reading from... :-)
It sounds as though Sasha’s Birthday was enjoyed on various levels.