The Internet is changing lives for better
By Dana Malysheva | March 1, 2017
«5 hours … 5 long, weary, tedious and exhausting hours of waiting» – having this in my mind, I entered the school one cold winter evening.
The bell rang. Going into the class, the teacher began to talk about some quadratic equations and how to solve them, but my mind was not occupied by the equations, and not by the square roots. I frantically looked at the clock. Exactly 9:00. Today she had to come. We will have our meeting, which I am waiting for 3 years, 10 months and two days. This meeting will be in 5 hours, or more precisely in 4 hours 30 minutes and 25 seconds.
How it started …
Coming after school, I, as usual, opened my new gray-gold laptop and went to the «Classmates». One request of friendship; Hmm… interesting. «Ekaterina Shcherbina wants to add you to her friends` list.» Okay, I might add her. I do not have many friends anyway. I add her to my friends. Then immediately the message from her comes: «Greetings from Terrace, Spain! How are you?»
Yes, that is how my «Interactive» friendship with Ekaterina, with whom I was supposed to meet in 4 and a half hours, started. As it turned out, she moved to Spain from Vladikavkaz at the age of 12 years old due to the work of her parents. She finished school, and later college. And now she studies at the institute to become a film editor and an assistant of film director. She decided to write to me only because I am from Russia. She says, «I have long dreamed to have a pen pal.» So, how could the usual, 18-year-old schoolgirl be interesting for her?
To Catherine (as she is called by her friends) I have written every night for a few hours. I loved to ask her about life in Spain, about her institute, about her parents, her two sisters, the sea, palm trees, mountains … In general, everything.
Common questions about the difficulties of living in Spain gradually transformed into a warm and friendly conversation. We could spend hours discussing movies, TV shows, books, new models of phones and computers, and video game players. Every day I realized that I much more liked to communicate with my pen pal, rather than with friends from school.
What I like about Catherine? I do not know. Perhaps I like her extraordinary openness, simplicity and even somewhere naivety. Despite the fact that she is 22 years old, at heart she remained a small 12-year-old girl. Serious problems seemed to her tiny, and tiny problems – disastrous big ones. That’s what I always looked for in others.
Once, in the early autumn morning, I received a letter. Quite a short letter, but after reading it I fainted for a full minute. «Hi! Today at 3:50pm I have a plane Barcelona — Moscow, and then Moscow — Beslan. I am moving to a permanent place of residence. Wait and remember, the Internet changes life for better! «.
One hour left before I could meet her. Running out of school, I ran back home, pulled on my jeans and a sweater with a bright red rose, and I ran into the cafe, from a distance resembling an ancient building of the XV century. It was there that I was supposed to have a meeting with her, the meeting which I waited for long 3 years and 10 months. Entering the building, I saw a short girl with flaming red hair, standing near to the cash register. She was curiously looking at the picture of the cat of breed Scottish fold. Catherine had exactly such cat in Spain.
Catherine slowly turned her gaze on the large flower of ultramarine color, standing opposite of the entrance. After studying in detail the extraordinary beauty of lobelia (so was the name of this flower), she moved the gaze of her big green eyes to a girl standing next to a flower. She was a tall fair-haired girl, waring a sweater with a bright red rose. Catherine’s eyes met my gray-blue eyes. The thought «The Internet is changing lives for better!» flashed her mind.