The first interview of the first lady. Galina Dodon: I am proud of my husband
The first lady of the country, Galina Dodon, gave her first interview after her husband Igor Dodon was elected the President of the Republic of Moldova. About how life of Galina Dodon after she became the first lady changed, and is it easy to become a public figure, the wife of the Head of State told the portal TRIBUNA.
T: Mrs. Dodon, what exactly has changed in your life since you became the first lady of the RM?
G.D.: There was a sense of great responsibility. Despite the fact that my husband is the one who participates in the government of the country, I was also given part of this huge responsibility. As a wife of the President, I feel that expectations have increased - I see how serious the country's problems are, I understand that my husband needs moral support, in the family hearth. It turns out that the position of my husband brought some tension to our family, we are still getting used to it, we are trying to learn how to live in a new rhythm, to be in the public eye, and since I have never aspired to become a public person, it all embarrasses me a little.
T: For you is your new role a burden or an opportunity?
G.D.: As the first lady, I got the opportunity to give more attention and help to large families. As a mother of three children, I understand very well how difficult it is to educate children in low-income families and for single mothers. That is why I to some extent took advantage of my public role, and began to help these people. This is a kind of burdensome opportunity, which also gives a sense of utility and joy from the help provided.
T .: Press repeatedly wrote about your charitable actions. Do you intend to continue charity activities?
G.D.: At the beginning of this year, I established the charity fund “Din Suflet”, whose goal is to help poor families with many children and those without social protection. We also contribute to the education of children and young people. We are still at the beginning of the road, but the successes achieved inspire us to move forward.
T: Has Igor Dodon changed after he became the President of Moldova?
G.D.: I suspect that such a position changes people, but I do not yet know how. I have not noticed any changes, at least in relation to family and friends. I think his psyche is able to withstand the test of power, and he will not break, like many others throughout history.
T: To many, Igor Dodon is known as an official and a politician. What is he like as a man, father and husband?
G.D.: He values his family, parents and children very much. When he was in charge of the party, we went out to the countryside for the weekend, or to my or his parents. He did it for the sake of the children, so that they would breathe fresh air, take a walk in the woods, and go fishing. Now he has even less time for all this, but every time he has a free moment, he tries to spend it with us.
T: They say that behind the back of every successful man is a strong woman. Do you consider yourself the strong woman behind Igor Dodon?
G.D.: I do not think that a "strong" word is suitable for me. I am a person convinced to family and this, I think, is exactly the positive influence that I have on my husband. He knows that the house is a reliable refuge, there is a favorable psychological mood and at home he can restore his strength. This, I think, gives him even more strength.
T: If you were asked to give a brief description of Igor Dodon from the moment of your meeting to this day, what would it be?
G.D.: He is responsible and always worried about people's lives, whether they are friends, relatives, colleagues, fellow-villagers or compatriots. He is a born social figure. His calling is public activity, I can state this with all certainty.
T: What do you think about politics in general?
G.D.: Personally, I'm very far from politics. I always try to avoid political issues.
T: Do you have any pleasant memories related to politics?
G.D.: My memories are connected with communication with people, with meetings in which I took part. Emotions and views of people convinced me that my husband was engaged in an important and necessary for people business. At that moment I was proud of him. I confess, I was pleased to learn that he has so many supporters, and so many people believe in his decisions and actions.
T: And what is your most unpleasant memory associated with politics?
G.D.: Due to many evenings, when my husband returned very late because of his party activities, I had a negative perception of politics. I believe that politics takes time, nerves and strength, but as the wife of a political leader, I had to live with all this. I consider this to be the cost of my husband's political activities, which are compensated by numerous positive results.
T: Would you like your sons to follow the footsteps of their father and become politicians?
G.D.: I want them to find their own way in life. We do not know what future awaits us, and what professions will be in demand in ten years. Let them choose their vocation.
T: What are your plans for the future?
G.D.: I want to educate my children, take care of my family and be a reliable support for my husband, because I know that difficult times are coming, and he will need to finish all his beginnings.
Date: 09:47 30/04/2017