Ida, Felix's Mom, rented an apartment for us in Pontiac and her friends helped us to furnish it. We had beds, some utensils, table and few chairs. It looked liked we had to start all over again and I missed my comfortable home in Hartford.. But I don't remember feeling sad or upset or deprived. Always looking forward to a new day, new discoveries, new experiences.
The very next week Ida moved to Cleveland to start her new job in a private gymnastics club and we were ON OUR OWN!
|Ida Davidovich with her new co-workers in Cleveland|
I missed my friends and my warm American family from Hartford terribly. Evelyn and Diane called us every week to see how we are doing. Evelyn kept asking me when we are coming back home.
But we were determine to make it work.
I worked in the gym every day. My boss, Steve (who later became Director of Education for the US Gymnastics) and all the staff at the Gym were very friendly, helpful and supportive. They welcomed us, helped us with advice, encouraged us and of course helped with our limited English.
I started my Rhythmic Gymnastics Team right away. I was also teaching floor and beam for the Artistic Gymnastics. Students called me "Ms. Body Wave". I was not sure if they made fun of me, just teased me or enjoyed my teaching.
We had to hire a babysitter and it broke my heart to see baby Elizabeth cry every time when we were leaving for work.
We took kids with us to the Gym every time we had a chance and everyone loved them.
Soon Masha joined a group of "Hot Shots". So she was officially taking gymnastics twice a week.
And she loved practicing her new skills at home...
|Masha practicing her "bridge" at home in Detroit, MI|
I was so excited to teach Rhythmic Gymnastics. I did what I loved and I was getting paid!!! Could it get any better than that? Every Friday weall went shoppimg and after that drove to the bank to make a deposit. We were so careful with our spending... Still never allowed ourselves to go to the movies or to the restaraunt. Secreteley I was still afraid that all this will come to an end and we will end up going back to the Soviet Union.
In a meantime my Mom, Dad and my little brother Eduard were granted exit Visas and they settled in Italy to wait for the US permission to join us. Our little family was very happy!