The Gallery; Tomorrow

>> Wednesday, 13 April 2011

It's Week 54 of The Gallery (click here to see the other entries) and Tara's theme this time is 'Tomorrow'. Bless her - she does like to make life interesting, doesn't she? (Mutter mutter).

Initially I had a beautiful photograph of one of my sons all lined up. It was meant to represent all his tomorrows, and seemed to do the job quite well. I took it with a fancy camera and everything... Instead, though, I'm going to show you a snap I took with my mobile yesterday, when I took the Boys to the Darwin Museum here in Moscow. Unbelievably this museum was the first of it's kind - you have to love the Russians' lack of truck with creationism (the small 'c' was intentional, by the way; I'm not going to give it the compliment of using a capital letter) - and was established back in 1907.

Like most museums here each room is staffed by one or more scary-looking older ladies, who at first glance seem totally bored and not at all engaged by where they are. Often their sole role seems to be suck the fun out of the experience for small children, telling them to 'be quiet and for heaven's sake, stop showing so much damn enthusiasm!' The lady in the photograph below was, as you'll see, reading a magazine before Boy #2 and his friend rocked up. But after I took the photograph and looked at it properly, I reassessed.

Here she is, a lady probably in late 50's or early 60's (you might think she looks older but life can be hard here in Russia, especially for those who grew up during Soviet times, and it shows), still working. She's in an enriching and cultural environment. The chances are she's passionate about her subject and is a font of knowledge on all things Darwin and his Theory of Evolution related (if you ever engage these ladies in conversation they will usually astonish you with their depth of knowledge of the subject on display). She is looking warmly at two small boys in a way that makes me think she is probably a grandmother and enjoys her grandchildren's company. And - possibly quite importantly, for her anyway - her job allows her to sit down, read magazines, and perhaps even eat chocolate...

I don't necessarily imagine - or want - my Tomorrow to be like her Present. But if it includes some of the details I mentioned in the paragraph above, I don't think I'll be doing too badly.


Sparx 13 April 2011 at 08:13  

I think, possibly, I'd opt or her job today, in fact!!!

Sparx 13 April 2011 at 08:14  

*FOR her job. I'd opt FOR her job. Damnable phone.

Michelle Twin Mum 13 April 2011 at 08:14  

A really different persepctive. Just shows sometimes we need to step outside our own realities and think about what we can actually see.

Cheers, Mich x

Potty Mummy 13 April 2011 at 08:24  

Sparx, don't worry, I got it... x

MTW, thanks. One of these days I'll astound you all and just put up a pretty picture...

jfb57 13 April 2011 at 08:37  

Great meeting of present & future!

Sarah (Catching the Magic) 13 April 2011 at 09:31  

Fabulous post! Such a fresh angle on 'tomorrow'.

Mrs E 13 April 2011 at 10:09  

I love this fresh perspective on tomorrow. x

mumsarcade 13 April 2011 at 11:23  

Makes me want to know that woman's story so very interesting post. My attempt is at

tiddlyompompom 13 April 2011 at 11:28  

you have just made me smile. and think about the grumpy people in museums in a whole different way :)

Potty Mummy 13 April 2011 at 13:07  

jfb57, thankyou.

Sarah, glad you liked it.

Mrs E, thanks very much

Vicki, thought I might look at it a different way.

MA, thanks - and will check yours out shortly...

Tiddlyompompom, living in Russia can do that to a person!

MsCaroline 13 April 2011 at 14:41  

The chocolate, magazines, and sitting sound fabulous, but that smile melted my heart. How clever of you to get that shot. I don't remember much of the Russian I studied in undergrad, but I do remember a lot about the culture, and smiles seemed (to me) to be in short supply...well done.

Mari's World 13 April 2011 at 16:01  

I can't figure out the mag but looks like a Hello or similar? But the expression on her face is adorable and just like you say, motherly.
Lovely photo, hope you all had a brilliant day

TheBoyandMe 13 April 2011 at 21:07  

That us a wonderfully tender photograph! Full of such warmth and affection. Like you said, if you end up like her you could have done far worse!

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