Saturday, August 14, 2010


Olga and Verushka, legendary Russian dolls; they can dance, they can sing, they can fill a room with joy. They are happy all the time, they are beautiful and alive; so delicate yet so strong and as different as two little rain drops.

I discovered them together, more than twenty years ago. They were sitting on a piano, making jokes, blowing some smoke. The place was packed with curious people, we all wanted to see why, from all places in all Tombstone this was the one preferred by all.

We took pictures, they kept laughing… they made us feel vibrant and young. With our sarsaparilla sparkling making a toast to the Russian dolls.

Twenty plus years had passed since then, the Russian dolls became adults. Verushka moved up north where is cold, exchanged the feathers for a coat; she is a mother of three little miracles that make her day full and her nights sometimes long; always making sure everybody is ready, spreading hugs, kisses and love.

Olga grew older, she married her true love. She has no kids, but two loving dogs. Switched from the piano to other keyboard, constantly traveling observing the world. Her hair has grays disguised professionally, her eyes are starting to show some lines; she still loves music, to dance and sing, friends and good moments complete the scene.

I found their picture at the bottom of a miracle’s chest. I looked at them, still so young…made me remember, they are Russian dolls…just open the layers, pop-up the first and then some more, keep digging further until the final one, the center piece is the heart and soul…forever seventeen, forever young; layer after layer becoming a whole…to make them better but never old.

To my high school friend Veronica... to my high school self.


  1. And this is why I like your blog so much. How beautifully expressed. I guess we're all Russian dolls somehow - young at the core.

  2. Lovely post! I had to read it twice to figure out who the two Russian dolls were. Now that I understand, I appreciate its poignancy.

    I have a similar photo taken at an amusement park photo booth with a grade school friend with whom I've recently reconnected on Facebook. I keep promising to scan the photo to share with her. After reading your post , I've decided to do it today!

    Stopping by from SITS to say hi.

  3. Awesome post. Well written..

    I have no more words..

    Except you've just earned a follower. Well done.

  4. Susan I love the title. I read your post over and over. Thank You

  5. What a wonderfully poignant read, thank you. And thank you for your lovely comment on my blog and for following me. I'm certainly a follower of yours now too. This one blog did it for me. I love reading blogs that can touch you and you obviously have the gift.


  6. I LOVED this post!! I am bookmarking it so I can read it often!

    Thanks for visiting me! I'm following you now!

    Looking forward to reading more!

  7. This is enchanting! What a delight to discover this!

    Thank you so much for stopping at THe Marmelade Gypsy -- I enjoyed your comments about the Morande (sp) wine. It's nice to know other who enjoy good wine!

  8. Buenísimo, una mezcla de recuerdo inocente y nostálgico, un cuento mágico decorado por detalles reales, muy bueno Olguis! me encanto! y me acabo de enterar que tienes 2 perros! no solo era Murphy?

  9. Amiguita, one of my favorites, and that is saying something! Hope your friend gets to see this and treasure the memories as much as you do :)

  10. Te lo dije y lo reitero: ¡¡¡ME ENCANTA!!!
    Es cadencioso, es rico, es nostálgico.
    Muñecas que, afortunadamente, no se limitaron a un escaparate...


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