Monday, March 1, 2010

Rare tea

One day Elena Pavlovna found herself explaining to me that her particular name and patronymic, "Elena Pavlovna," is a rare combination. Her husband, Sergei Alekseevich, said that "Larisa Pavlovna," on that other hand, is more common.

Then Elena Pavlovna chimed in, "Actually, I don't know any Larisa Pavlovnas, so maybe it too is a rare combination."

Every morning they brewed a pot of tea, which they used all day. (They would take some of the strong stuff from this pot, and add newly boiled hot water.) Usually by evening the original brew was too weak to make decent tea. Then the family said, "Чай не работает - The tea's not working."