Masha is her nickname. Her Russian birth name is Mariya. Her parents started calling her “Masha” soon after they moved to Texas from the Ukraine.
Masha hated her childhood and longed to become an adult. She dreamed of slipping behind the steering wheel of the family car and just taking it for a spin around the block.
As an only child, Masha spent long hours playing alone while her parents worked. After school, Masha was supervised by an old woman with thick glasses in the neighborhood who charged $3 an hour to “watch” their child in her overly heated home until 6pm.
One time, in the fourth grade, she actually tried it. Her father arrived to pick her up just in time to see the old lady's green Chevy Vega rolling slowly into the street with terrified little Masha gripping the wheel. Fortunately, no one was injured when the reversing car mowed down the neighbor’s hydrangea and brought the vehicle to a halt.
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