Soviet Years (Chapter 2)

Chapter 1 is here. The order is not chronological, intentionally so.

Mom and Dad got married in 1979, when they were just twenty years old. Mom was studying the Russian Language at the Pedagogic Institute, and Dad was at Moscow’s Aviation Institute. The word “Institute” is how in Russia you refer to college or university.

They met in Moscow, at some party, through a mutual friend, Tetya (Auntie) Olya. Apparently, Tetya Olya was attracted to Dad, and she might have been a little jealous of my parents’ relationship at first. But this didn’t affect Mom’s…