Today they celebrate the so-called “Men’s day” in Russia. Officially, as the name Defender of the Fatherland Day suggests, the holiday celebrates people who are serving or were serving the Russian Armed Forces (both men and women), but unofficially, nationally it has also more recently come to include the celebration of men as a whole, and to act as a counterpart of International Women’s Day on March 8.
I feel it’s a good occasion to say a few warm words about my father who is an amazing person. A father’s role in a girl’s upbringing is often underestimated. In reality a father is crucial, for he serves a model of male virtues and behaviour, motivates and fascinates… I have always been a “dad’s daughter”, I took after him not only in my appearance but also a lot in my character, attitude to life and values.
I had a great luck with a father who gave me high standards of human values such as idealism, honesty, intelligence, balance, trust to people, positivity, responsibility, discipline and honour. My father was born 1949 and belonged to the generation that dreamt of becoming cosmonauts (space men) and candidly believed in the glory of Communism. He became a paratrooper, man of airborne troops and served till the rank of colonel. He was a true officer at heart, dedicated and noble in an old-fashioned manner. He served 2 years in Afghanistan war at 80-s and later on graduated from the Frunze Military Academy (for post-graduates military) in Moscow with a degree in Military Analytics and Strategy. Well, he made a good career and has had an interesting life.
Although the above description may sound too tough, my father has a very balanced nature: he plays guitar and sings, paints very good and he is a very loving and gentle person with a great sense of humour! And (!) he is a non-drinker, which is an absolute rarity in Russia (I am so thankful for this, for I see the horror of male alcoholism from which so many Russian women suffer).
After my father retired, it has been a rather difficult process for him to adjust to the “civil” life, with its strange for a soldier rules… I enjoy seeing him now, exploring history and cosmos with his great intellect and starting seeking spirituality after the whole life of hardcore atheism. A beautiful life development.
And yes, what else can I add to it?
Спасибо, папа. Я тебя очень люблю!!
(image: it’s a recent photograph of my father, although he is 60 now he looks really great! I wish I could look so good at his age :)).