Jan. 2nd, 2017

stevenpiziks: (Outdoors)
This year Sasha got me a Christmas present.  But first, a little background:

Many years ago, I bought a large glass mug etched with a Celtic harp.  It was very pretty and I drank from it all the time.  A few months after we adopted Sasha and Maksim, I was writing in my office when I heard a terrible crash from the area where we kept Kala's computer.  I ran in to see what had happened and found Sasha huddled in Kala's computer chair with a terrified look on his face.  My harp mug lay shattered on the tile floor.  He must have been drinking out of it and knocked it off Kala's desk.

My first thought, based on Sasha's expression, was that he was somehow injured, and I asked him if he was okay.  "Are you bleeding?  Are you hurt?" I said.

Sasha shook his head.  He was barefoot, though.

"Stay in that chair," I said.  "You'll cut your feet."  I got a broom and other equipment and cleaned up the glass.  I wasn't happy about my mug, but at least Sasha wasn't hurt.

I later found out that Sasha had been terrified that I was going to beat him for breaking the mug.  It's what his stepfather in Ukraine would have done.  I did my best to reassure him that this wasn't the case, that accidents happen, it was only a mug, and that I wouldn't beat him.  This surprised Sasha and touched him deeply.  It did me, too.  I didn't know very much about Sasha's history at this point, and it was a heart-wrenching thing to learn.

Sasha has apparently carried this with him for a long, long time.  At Christmas this year, he bought me this:



He had it etched with a Celtic harp on the front and my name on the back.  It's easier to see when it's full:



and:



BB-8 was curious:



It was a wonderful surprise.  I love it!  A perfect gift from son to father.

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