Pure like that of an angel, white like a board that has known not ink, so is the heart of a kid in Norilsk. Whatever you write on it sticks and stay. Changing it will call for the use of an eraser and a new handwriting. The smile on the face of every child makes you want to have one, the sincere love they share makes you love them back.
One thing they love
The fantastic thing about Norilsk kids is no matter how much you try, you can never get them to stop playing or even stop thinking about it. Show me a clean room, show me a clean kitchen, show me an extra clean sparkling swimming pool and I will show you it’s a place without kids.
Birds would always sing even when you cage them. Stars are bound to shine even when the brightness of the moon covers the intensity of their light. For kids, fun is one habit you can’t take away from them but yet amidst their playful character you will always find reasons to either laugh at them or laugh with them. You will always love them. How funny will it be raising up kids and even coping with their playful attitude in the cold city of Norilsk? It’s a mixture of fun and stress.
Life in freezing Norilsk
Unlike every other city with average temperatures, mothers have to carry out the extra responsibilities of dressing up their kids like they are heading for the moon to help them prevent any form of cold from entering into their body. Have you seen what they look like walking on the street of Norilsk to catch the bus to school or even going to a place of fun? They look cute and funny in those clothes. The heavy shoes at times tend to control their movement, but the amazing thing is; they just won’t give up having fun on the ice and the white snow of Norilsk.
Helping them grow healthy and strong in Norilsk
The drama between a cat and a rat is funny, the tales between the dog and cat is overwhelming, but none can stand the quality of the action movies mothers have to play lead roles in, every morning when getting kids ready for school. It all starts with the early morning alarm.
Alarm! The sound of an alarm is meant to wake kids up to get ready for school, but in the cold city of Norilsk, it tends to pass a new message of cover up with your blankets to the kids. The only alarm that works is mum shouting “wake up. You are getting late for school”. She gets them to bath with warm water to prevent the cold from affecting them and dresses them up in those big clothes to go to school. The launch box is packed with fruits and other healthy foods as they are set for school. The tale then continues with teachers taking control of them for the next few hours of the day.
Life for kids has never been about studying alone, they always anticipate the sound of the bell signifying break period, and that is the worst nightmare of teachers as they tend to keep shouting at the top of their voice controlling them and preventing them from rolling on the ice and the frozen ground. The nightmare of the kids is way much more different from that of the teachers. They fear the playing tools and ground will be frozen already, reducing their fun rate to a great length.
Outing with the kids in Norilsk
It’s always amazing. The sight is always pleasant when parents take their kids out to have fun. They enjoy skating on the white shining ice of the cold Norilsk, making a sculpture with the white snow and when things get extremely funny, they result into that activity that gets every member of the family laughing till they can’t take it anymore “Snow war.” If you think you’ve been having the best of fun, then you need to experience life on the ice with you and your family playing the game of snow fight. The sight is always beautiful and funny as you see kids covered in the snow looking like they have white hair and beards.
All daily activities end with a lovely night sleep when you get to relax without the thought of any activities but just to wake up and have fun again the next day. For kids, life is nothing more than this. They lay on their bed enjoying the cool breeze of the night, listening to mamma singing the lovely lullaby, they slowly journey into the dreamland where all imaginations can be made real without payment.
Raising them up in a lovely place where they have several wonders and things to amuse them is always beautiful. They get to learn and also have fun. For kids outside of Norilsk, a lucky ticket to the land of ice is one of their greatest dreams.