She knows how to rely on inner emotions for moments of happiness: beautiful dresses, delightful walks, fragrant and bright flowers. Even in the circumstances in which she is now.
It took us so long to put together a parcel for Katerina. It seemed that it had to gather everything, everything, everything. We took into account all the little things! And then I realized: “God! We forgot the face cream! The most important thing for a girl!” She wrote that she wants to be beautiful there too. No worries, we'll pass some on. Or maybe, I hope, I won't have to transfer anything. She will be out soon and can choose her own cream. The kind she likes.
Katerina has a 17-year-old daughter, Daria. They are absolute girlfriends. Katerina never stopped talking about Daria whenever we met. Of course, 17-year-old girlfriends, they are ... they don't always like tenderness. But we like to cuddle, and hug, and say "I love" a million times.
I know that Katerina wrote to Daria in a letter: “Kitty, at last I can speak unrestrainedly about love, write about love and will not hear in response: ‘Mom, no need right now!’ That is why I will say and write that I love you very, very much, and know that this is very much — it is not just ‘love’. Now you can multiply it by a thousand!”
And I know that Daria already perceives these words differently now. Of course, it's an incredible happiness to know that you have such a mom. They were together all the time — both in Minsk and in Italy. As two friends who walked the streets, enjoyed the views and planned new trips.
Daria, it seems to me, is stronger than all of us. She is the only one who watched how her mother was detained and the arrest protocol was drawn up, and how these people communicate and what they say. Of course, it was very difficult for her emotionally. But she pulled herself together very quickly and said: “So! I'm strong. I know Mom would not want to see me upset and I will not be upset! I know that mom is smart, she is utterly honest. She is a great professional. Everything will be fine! And so, for myself, for all of us, for my Mom, I will be strong and I will not give in to weakness. Everything will be fine! Everything will be all right very soon. Because we know that truth is on our side!”
It was Katerina who taught me how to wear beautiful dresses, criticizing my permanent jeans. She showed me where the most delicious coffee was sold in Minsk. We bought flowers together at Komarovka — Katerina could spend hours choosing the most beautiful bouquet. And then we would walk 10-15 kilometers, right with these flowers, chatting about everything in the world and laughing. Any problem turned into a wonderful adventure with Katerina!
Every morning Katerina and I sent each other emoticons — hugs, hearts, hippos… Now I am sending these emoticons to her daughter Daria, because she is part of Katerina. And, of course, Katerina herself. Only mentally.
Katerina is very honest and very professional. She is a great friend. We are proud of her. I was always proud of her. And now I am proud that I have such a friend and such a wonderful person by my side. Because she's there anyway. She is here with us, in the center of Minsk. And we, too, are with her, all of us.
I know if such a situation happened to me, she would also walk around Volodarka, look into the windows, come every day to the Central Post Office in the hope that letters from there would reach me faster. Often letters are returned, but we still write. We love her so much because she is so cool.
Now, like many others, I have just crazy feelings about everything that is happening to us.