Saturday, July 9, 3059
Congratulations to you and Pasha on the birth of little Pyotr, such a traditional Russian name! I know you were secretly hoping for a girl but Pasha must be over the moon at having two boys to carry on the Karev family name.
Life in Twinbrook is very good, I’m the happiest I’ve ever been! The people here are so open and friendly, nothing like the judgemental snobbery in Saint Cloud. A few months ago I applied for a job at the local bistro and they offered me the position right away. My pay cheque may be small but my cooking skills are improving rapidly. And it’s not just my new job that’s put a spring in my step, I have the most wonderful news!
It was a rainy summer night as I was leaving work and I couldn’t wait to get home to Eugene. A strange-looking man bumped into me just outside the bistro but before I even had time to complain he offered me his umbrella and the most heartfelt apology I’ve ever heard. We began talking that night in the warm rain and haven’t stopped since. It’s hard to describe but I’ve never known anyone so intense.
His name is Arthur and he just makes my heart melt. I can’t wait for you and Pasha to meet him! I just know he’ll be a famous author someday, he’s always got his nose buried in a book and the way he chooses his words when he writes me letters – it’s pure artistic genius.
It doesn’t bother Arthur that I’ve had a child out of wedlock. In fact, I think he respects me for it. When I watch him with Eugene I just know he would be a good father. Even though we haven’t talked seriously about marriage or children, he’s obviously very family-oriented. The other day I found him in the kitchen, brooding over his morning coffee. There was such a dark look on his face but when he saw me he immediately broke into a smile. I think he really does love me!
Money is still tight for us and paying the bills on time is always a struggle. But somehow I’m not worried because I know that everything is going to be okay. Oh Liliya, everything is finally falling into place.
All my love,