“I got divorced when I was sixty-four. We had a good run. We were married for 36 years. We’re not enemies.
“My first time was October 18th, 2013. I was a freshman in college. I was alone in my dorm room and I’d just eaten a bunch of Halloween candy.
“My mother was sixteen when the war came to St. Petersburg. She was the oldest of four children, so her parents chose to evacuate her first.
“I met him six months ago at work. I’m the manager of a store. He was a delivery man. He was playful and fun.
“She needed people around us and I didn’t understand that. I was locked on the two of us. There was a Russian writer who wrote: ‘I hated the world so that I could love you more.’ And that was me.
“I don’t get to live the life of a seventeen year old. My mom is always working and I have a six-year-old brother.
“I’m trying to undo old patterns. If she does something that was prohibited in my own childhood, I automatically react.
“I graduated more than one thousand kids from elementary school. I’d still be teaching but my eyes went bad.
“My daughter was injured during birth. Her back was broken during labor. She’s in her thirties now but she still has a lot of problems, especially in her mind.
“I’m fourteen and all my friends are crazy about being grown ups right now. They’re drinking alcohol.
“We met six months ago at a dance night. His wife passed away three years ago. I’d been married for thirty years and gotten divorced.
“It wasn’t an official marriage. We didn’t register. But we had a plan. I was earning good money even though I was young.
“I quit my job earlier this year. I’m taking a little time to focus on myself. I worked from nine to six everyday.
“I came here to meet a girl that I know from the Internet. She’s coming all the way from Belarus. It’s nothing sexual.
“We were together for nine years. I was completely dependent on him. He was a strong and powerful man and he expected obedience.
“I’m ninety but I feel like I’m fifty. I don’t take any medicine. I never complain. I’m just happy to be alive.
“My father died in his sleep last year. Right after my birthday. I didn’t have a good relationship with him.
“There are always two little beautiful humans looking at me like I’m the most important thing in the world.
“I’ve worked in the circus my entire life. I studied to be a clown for many years. A great clown can make you see your own clumsiness.
“I was only eighteen when my first daughter was born. Her name was Svetlana. She came down with an infection but there were no antibiotics in the hospital.