I know a 25 year old Russian Lady in California who’s happily married to an American Man.
She just told me that she’s expecting her first child and that she and her husband are both very happy.
As she started sharing this with her friends she noticed two very different responses to her joyous news.
Her Russian girlfriends were universally ecstatic and filled with excitement.
Huge smiles with equally huge bright eyes greeted her declaration.
Some would openly weep with joy as hugs, kisses and many compliments were proudly spoken and dedicated to her.
And my own experience in Russia totally validates this.
Because when the announcement of an impending arrival is made there is an incredible emotional energy in the room and you can’t help but feel a deep appreciation for this all important celebration of life itself.
If you are ever able to witness it, you would understand just how close Russian women can be to each other.
Beautiful and nurturing to behold. It is a tight-knit and loving sisterhood that always makes me smile and gives me hope for humanity.
However, when the news of her pregnancy started making the rounds with the American Women she knows.. It generated a completely different reaction.
- I heard the news.. ARE YOU OK?!?!?!
- Oh my God?? WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO?!?!
- Are you SURE you are happy??
- Are you going to keep IT???
My newly pregnant friend said she felt like some tragedy had befallen her and these grim expressions of “concern” were no different then if someone in the family had just died.