Why are people so surprised?
Eleven. That's the number of months I have lived in Ukraine. And I can
honestly say that I love this country. But why are other Ukrainians
surprised when I share my enthusiasm?
The youth are scornful and apathetic to their country and countrymen.
The elders believe that the country hit its point of no return a long
time ago, and will never be prosperous. In fact, elders want Communism
to return. They say things were more staible then. And the babies,
well, babies are babies and they laugh at just about everything.
At first glance, Ukrainians appear to have a "tough shell". There is a
hesitance to develop a relationship, especially strangers, but once
the ice is broken everything changes. I love this country because
people are bright and kind. Above all things, I comfortable in Ukraine
in spite of earlier warning that my ethnic background might be a
factor. I discovered that Ukrainians are hospitable and caring. I have
lived with three host families and I never felt uncared for.
Especially, when I fell ill. At work, when I am happy, my colleagues
are engaging. When I am down, they try to cheer me in amusing ways.
I think the spirit of the people says a lot about its future. Even
though apathy might exist, there will be a time when things turn
around. I am a firm believer that good prevails over evil. Especially
over mentalities. And when there are good people that will spread.