Unforgettable Moments

There is no describing the emotion of our past two decades in Russia, we have had thousands of proud moments, unforgettable moments, from heart breaking to joyous, too many to list….here are just a few that come to mind…

The formal moments…

Our many medals, ribbons, certificates, Governors meetings, introducing  Victor Afanasiev, the Cosmonaut to Hortalova and our children, our many Irish awards, bringing the broken hearted parents of Beslan to meet Mary McAleese, bringing my Irish Ambassadors to see where we have spent Irish peoples donations, being a guest speaker at conferences from Siberia to Abakan.

The tragic moments…

Watching our children dig the graves of ones we have lost,  listening to the sobbing of mothers in the school hall in Beslan, nursing a 7 year old to death hoping he would die sooner rather than later due to the pain he was in.  My uselessness in our first disabled orphanage, putting our class of babies onto a bus and waving good bye to them as they clung onto us not wanting to leave us.  Waiting for mothers to arrive on graduation day and none coming, holding so many children in our arms as they sobbed for those very mothers.

The happy moments…

Watching our children blossom like flowers as the Irish programme grew, and they all grew with it, the excitement of their Last Bell, working with beautiful Russian staff, the joy as the children performed concert after concert for us, watching them opening their first ever birthday presents, watching children finding their siblings on our sibling trips, picking mushrooms in the beautiful forests with the children, having summer picnics with them all by the lake, watching our girls become young mothers, watching our boys bravely going off to the army knowing we would be there when they return.  Our first college graduates, our many sports wins as our programmes grew, tucking them in at night as rows of them hoped for a hug and a kiss…

Unforgettable moments….all of the above and millions more!