My wife and children were waiting for me.
They looked at the parcel in my hands and instruments and it was clear that they wanted to open parcels immediately and to find out what was in it.
However, I suggested that we needed to warm ourselves first. So we had a morning run and a good workout, then we ate hot breakfast. After it we were ready.
It took considerable efforts to open six parcels. Then we saw that there was a mixture of brown and white in all of them.
My wife cautiously took several white crystals and licked them. She said: “It’s sugar”. Next she took out several brown kernels and said: “Buckwheat!” Then she took out many pieces of brown paper and started to cry.
Children and I looked at her with alarm. What was going on? Why was she crying?
A couple of minutes passed. Then my wife stopped crying and explained: “In last letter I wrote that I could not find buckwheat here. Apparently, mothers decided that we had nothing to eat. They bought buckwheat and sugar and put paper packs with them in parcels. People in the USSR pierced each pack many times. Now we’ll have to find a way to separate sugar and buckwheat.”
We stayed in Lido di Ostia two more months. Each day we spent some time separating sugar and buckwheat.
I remembered at that time that my wife did not know her father. He was arrested and shot without trial when she was three months old. 30 years later her mother received a letter from a government that he was innocent.
I remembered that my grandfather was arrested, tortured and then released because he did not do anything wrong. However, he died in three months after his release.
I remembered that after we applied for a permission to leave the USSR we were treated as enemies of the state. We were lucky to get the permission but authorities forced us to pay substantial sum for every member of the family and then allowed to take with us only $400. We left behind our savings for many years of hard work.
I thought how lucky we were to escape from the Soviet Union whose government managed to murder 30 millions of its own people.
We were lucky to leave robbers of dignity, freedom and happiness behind.
I never expected that we would find people in America who would think that socialism could be good.
“Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery..”
― Winston S. Churchill