I have a niece named Anastasia, Anya for short. She is the daughter of my brother Boris and sister of Yuri. She is three years old but she is way smarter than an average five year old. The twins like to hear voices, so I keep CNN on all the time and I guess Anya saw or heard something that scared her. We were getting ready to head to the church so my twins can be baptized in the Russian Orthodox Church, Yuri was having a fit because he doesn’t want to go to church which is in the city. In the living room Anya was in her white dress and watching the TV and that is when I heard about North Korea’s missile test that happened today.
“Auntie Yulia?” Anya started to ask me. “Who is Ki Jong Un?” I know that Anya is smart, and I can’t hide this from her.
“Come here.” I said as I sit on the couch with a hair brush in my hand. “Let me do you hair, make it really pretty and I will explain it to you.” She came on my lap as the TV kept on going as I started to brush her blond hair.
“Who is he?” She asked me as I started to make a braid on her hair.
“You know the movies you watch, with the bad guys?” I asked her. She gave me an ‘huh uh’. “Well, he is a bad guy, but in real life.”
“So why is he firing weapons?” She asked.
“Well.” I start to say as I tie off a braid. “It is hard to know why he is firing weapons, he doesn’t like America, and he has a tantrum about America when we talk to our friends in South Korea.”
“Just like Yuri?”
“Yes just like Yuri.” I say. “Now what do I tell you all the time Anya?”
“That America always wins!” Anya said with excitement. “America is the best.”
“That’s my girl.” I say as I start to tickle her, she giggles and I blow bubbles on her belly. “Don’t worry about Kim Jong Un.”
“OK Auntie Yulia.” She said. Her mother, Katerina walks into the room and she loved the way I did her hair. After they got her in the car seat Katerina pulled me aside and wanted to speak to me.
“You know you are going to be a great mother.” Katerina says. “They way you explain scary stuff to Anya just shows how caring you are.”