Dispatch from the Dacha

by Marinka on July 3, 2010

We are all gathered at the Dacha to celebrate the Fourth of July, my daughter’s 12th birthday and set some overeating records.  By “we all”, I mean my mama and papa, Young Ladrinka, my daughter, my stepson, Husbandrinka and my in-lawrinkas.

It’s a full house and we’re off to a great start already.

For example, I noticed that my parents have a new salt and pepper shaker set and I complimented them on it.

And mama says, “Oh, you mean Stalin?”

And I say, “Those are not Stalins.”

And papa says, “No, the one on the left is Stalin and the one on the right is his Jewish cousin, Simon.”

Which, okay, except they look identical.  So that makes no sense.

“I really doubt that they are Stalins.  What, you think they have Hitler salt and pepper shakers, too?”” I asked.

“Not yet, but the Hitler shakers are coming soon,” papa promised.  Probably in time for Christmas.


And then I had this conversation with Husbandrinka.

M: Do you like my friends?

H:  Sure. I mean you don’t really have that many.

M: Of course I have a lot of friends. I have Kathryn, and Susan  and P.K. and Daisy and Kristin and Anna and Robyn and I’m just warming up here.

H:  I like all of them.

M: Why did you say that I don’t have many friends.

H: You’re the one who’s always saying ‘I don’t have a lot of friends.’

M: I never said that.

H:  I may be thinking of someone else.


Mama and my mother-in-law.  Let me just say that if there’s a pregnant sexagenarian out there that she keeps her legs crossed this weekend. Because one day when they were together some geriatric set the record by giving birth and my mother and mother-in-law nearly set their own world record by talking about it nonstop for approximately a century that contained a greater number than usual of leap years.


On Friday night, we went to see Grown Ups.  Walk don’t run to see it.  Or run in the direction of an oncoming freight train.  I can only assume that Chris Rock plea bargained to being in this movie for some crime that he must have committed in a previous life.

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Elise July 3, 2010 at 7:21 pm

That’s really funny!

I think those Hitler shakers are available in some Walmart stores in GA., btw.


Halala Mama
July 3, 2010 at 8:25 pm

Ahh Marinka – in the future run all movie choices past me. I had the utter misfortune of seeing Grownups last week and wow. It took a few hot showers to get the stink off…


anymommy July 3, 2010 at 10:13 pm

Best not to mention Kelly Preston this weekend? Or maybe do, at least they are talking to each other. May your 4th be happy, full and fireworky, unless you hate fireworks and then may it be very, very quiet.


anna see July 3, 2010 at 10:35 pm

Don’t know what Grownups is, but I’ll avoid it at all costs now. Enjoy the togetherness. You are a better woman than I am.


Sophie@Fabrications July 4, 2010 at 1:05 am

A weekend with all grandparents on board? Dump the kids and run to the nearest bar! Didn’t you learn anything?


Diane July 4, 2010 at 1:32 pm

We are also celebrating my daughter’s 12th birthday this July 4th. Hope you are having a great one – new traditions, old ones too. The only movies I see live are animated – and I give a 3 thumbs up to Toy Story 3. Is it ok to say I cried at the end? Bring a hanky!


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