As most of you know, I was adopted from Khabarovsk, Russia when I was a toddler. I am proud of my heritage and I was really excited with Sochi, Russia was chosen as the site for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. However, I'm also proud to be part of a two-mom family and I have been really sad to see the way that people from LGBT families are being treated by the Russian government. I really struggled with whether or not I wanted to watch the Olympics this year, but in the end, I decided to support the athletes from around the world and their hard work.
Not too long ago, I got out my Russian flag and invited over some friends from my Russian-language kids group to watch the Olympic opening ceremonies on TV! I go to the group so that I can maintain my Russian language skills. It's a great way to meet other kids who speak Russian too! My mama speaks Russian with me at home, but my mom doesn't speak much Russian, so we mostly speak English. The group gives me a chance to speak Russian with other kids.
This is my friend Ksenia. She joined the group a few years ago. She is part Russian and part Kazakh and grew up in Almaty, Kazakhstan until she moved to Brooklyn with her family. She brought over Kazakhstan's flag and waved it proudly!
And here's the newest addition to the group- Polina! Polina is from Kharkov, the same city in Ukraine where my mama lived as a teen. She just moved to New York City at the beginning on February. Polina is really nice and it was fun to talk with her about Kharkov. I have visited Kharkov several times and I was really excited to find out if my favorite places where the same as Polina's!
I really enjoyed having my friends over to watch the opening ceremonies! We have been watching our favorite sports and keeping track of how our home countries are doing. My favorite sport to watch is figure skating! What is your favorite Olympic sport? Are you watching the Olympics this year?