"I'm raising 11 kids"

"I'm raising 11 kids"
"I'm raising 11 kids"
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Svetlana has two natural children and four adopted children, her friend has her own daughter and five from the orphanage. Together they organized the Konopushki family ensemble.

“I am raising 11 children…”

Svetlana has two natural children and four adopted children, her friend has her own daughter and five from the orphanage. Together they organized the Konopushki family ensemble.

We live in Minusinsk - a city in the Krasnoyarsk Territory, on the right bank of the Yenisei. How it all began? I have two adult children. The daughter left, entered the institute - far away, already in Astrakhan. The son-high school student was preparing to enter the Tomsk university, it was already clear that he would also leave. And in my life there was such an emptiness that nothing can fill. It is commonly referred to as depression. And at the same time, my friend Natalia had a similar situation: her daughter went to college in Krasnoyarsk, her son left for the army, and, as a sin, she and her husband broke up. It was then that we thought with her that we need to take foster children. She and I worked together at the art school: she taught piano, I taught arts and crafts. I went to the orphanage with Natalya, my family didn’t know anything, because I didn’t have the confidence that everything would work out. There were only two girls, aged two or three, who were offered to see.

I thought - and took it. So I came home with a little girl. The husband opens the door: “Oh, and whose child is it?” - “Like it,” I answer, “it will be ours. My name is Anyutka." The children, of course, were surprised at first by my decision, but then they supported me. Friends were also surprised: “Why do you need this? I would live for myself!” The house, of course, was noisy. But we are used to it.

Now I have four adoptees. My friend Natalia has four. And one day we had the idea of ​​an ensemble. We were then invited to Krasnoyarsk for a meeting of foster families. We organized such a performance for them there! And most importantly, the participants themselves enjoyed performing!

Now we have in the ensemble three of my adopted girls (Anyuta, Yulia, Lena) and a boy Zhenya, and even my niece Zhenya and nephew Vitalya. And Natalia has only girls: Christina, Masha, Nastya, Dasha, Ira and Alenka. Her eldest daughter Olga brought her children to the ensemble. They live together and in an ensemble together. We are now asked from the outside, but we refuse outsiders, because the ensemble is family. When people hear about so many children, they often ask: “How do you manage to even feed so many mouths?” Let me tell you about the economy. This is not an adoption. It's called a foster family. And Natalia and I took shape as educators of foster families - under an employment contract. Each adopted child receives a living wage from the state. As an educator, I get one and a half rates for three, and 0.25 for the fourth. At the very least, we make ends meet. At first I worked at school, but then I had to quit when the little ones started to get sick. And the children of their own mother get sick, and in the children's homes they are much weaker than at home - they collect all the colds. At first, they got sick for 3-4 months, one after another. After all, they are all very difficult, the children of "difficult" parents, many mothers are still in colonies. They all lag behind domestic children in general development by a year and a half. We develop them, adjust them - as a rule, they straighten out by school. Now our students are studying very well.

I had to forget about working in my speci alty. Now my job is my "big family". Round the clock and all year round. Without weekends and holidays. Although every year together with the children we have a rest in a children's camp in Sochi. “Resting” is, of course, conditional. Natalya and I are registered there for any job, even as waitresses in the dining room, but the children spend 2-3 months at sea. To go, of course, far - by train it turns out five days. But the children got stronger: this year we didn’t get colds, only chicken pox. We use every opportunity to play sports in the fresh air. If the weather permits, we play football with them: a team of children against adults. For some reason, children win more often. Although Natalia and I are standing in two at the gate. While we laugh - we have a goal! In winter we leave for a ski base in the taiga. There is such a place - it is called Ust-Kaspa - the snowdrifts there are higher than human growth. It's only two hours by train from us, but we don't have such snowdrifts in Minusinsk. An unforgettable experience for children.

Over time, it became a little easier: two go to school, two go to kindergarten. And then a music school, an art school, choreography, acrobatics. This is what our ensemble is based on: choreography and acrobatics are the basis of children's costumed dances with a cheerful plot. In one of the plots, large hares encroach on cabbage, which is guarded by dogs. At the same time, until the very end, the audience does not suspect that little hares are hiding in cabbage leaves. Another dance - "Sailor" - children dance to the song of Gazmanov: in suits, with lifebuoys. We recently mastered the “Pea-Skomoroshinka” number, where a bear with cubs dances to “Komarinskaya”. We were very worried when they played such a fast number, they were afraid that the little ones would “not trample”. But they did it. We have such an unspoken rule: as soon as three years have passed, so go on stage. With our numbers, we passed the qualifying rounds for the “Minute of Glory” of Channel One. They selected all their working video materials and sent them, they didn’t even have time to edit everything as it should be, but they liked it. But we didn’t get to the program itself - we didn’t get the money to send fourteen people to Moscow from Minusinsk. And they turned to the city authorities, but nothing happened, and we can’t afford 70 thousand rubles for the road through four time zones. “Don't worry,” they tell us, “it didn't work out this year, it will work out next year. In the meantime, work on the numbers!” And we are not worried. In November we are invited to the All-Russian competition in Moscow, in January - in Sochi. Let's go, let's get through.

What are our plans for the future? Our pupils are "state children". At first, the language did not turn to pronounce it, but it is so. Under an agreement with the state, we will work with children until their 18th birthday, and then the state undertakes to provide them with living space, help with admission to a university and employment. We would like our girls to enter the choreographic school - they like to dance. Every time our students take the stage, I feel a sense of pride for them. The reaction of the audience fills me with joy: these are wonderful children! And they could get lost. Therefore, Natalia and I are not sorry for our time and effort.

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