I sometimes wear this wristwatch that I used to have as an 8 year old, in mid eighties, in socialist Romania. It was with me for more than 10 years, than I replaced it with other ones and recently I started using it again. It is a Chaika. I read somewhere that Chaika, which means in Russian “seagull” was the call sign of the first Soviet female cosmonaut, Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova.
I like to measure time by its reliable, clear, big black numbers that were a part of my childhood. Part of a time when children were told that equality and fairness for all awaits for us in the future, that religion is only a story people invented out of fear and darkness and that is totally useless now, in our luminous times. I love the memory of me as a child believing only in things that you can experience with your senses, trusting that everything is rational and clear in the world. Believing that time is a linear path towards the progress of the entire world. My wristwatch still keeps for me the memory of those times.



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