Life picked Alabama for me

January 21, 2016
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Life picked Alabama for me

Life picked Alabama for me

“I am from Russia. I moved here to learn the culture and the language. Life picked Alabama for me when some other people were coming here and I came with them. We had been in New York. They asked me to come with them and I said ‘why not.’ I came with $400. I didn’t care where I would go, but I knew I would have a better chance of survival if I stayed with a group and we could share bills and help each other. We survived as a community. I am a student and I do art, sew, and paint.”

“We first moved to Gulf Shores, but I got married and moved to Fairhope. I have a baby now, but I still want to do crazy things when the baby is older. The hardest part is adjusting to taking care of yourself. In Russia, I had the support of family, now all of the pressure is on me to take care of myself and my baby and do everything right. You have to grow up someday.”

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