Three Cheers for Catherine the Great!
A beautifully told story about a Russian grandmother full of so much life, and her desire not to receive birthday presents because she was so blessed. “I want no presents! I have music in my Russian bones, and laughing in my heart. I have the day and the night, and I have all of you. That’s why for me the best presents will be no presents.” During her birthday celebration, her family respectfully provides “no presents” of singing and dancing. Her granddaughter, who struggled to think of a unique “no present,” presented her grandmother with a promise of reading and writing lessons in English.