July 19, 2007
Having Fun in Virginia
15 days after my husband's suitcase did not go with him to Copenhagen, instead staying at Heathrow, British Airways decided we could have it back, and delivered it to our house. We weren't there, but thankfully a neighbor took it for us. Phew, that would have been sad for them to take it back again after all that waiting and wondering.
He can now shave again with his electric razor. He can use his own cord to charge his laptop. And we have possession again of the sentimental suitcase that his father gave to me early on in our relationship as a special gift. Yay, prayers answered.
Meanwhile, I am frolicking in Virginia with my mother. The kids are so happy to be here at Grandma's house, perhaps partly because it is a constant in their lives, while their own home keeps changing so radically (from California to France to England). So far in the past two days, we've played Bridge, O'Hell (more politely named Up and Down the River), Hide and Seek, homemade scattergories, Feudal Wars (card game), I Doubt It, and Homas. Homas is apparently actually the brand name of the board we have for a game called "Sjoelbak" (pronounced "shul-bac") and is played mainly in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany). In Germany it is called Jakkolo; in France: Billard Hollandais; in England: Dutch Shuffleboard. Funny to find this out online, because I've never heard it called anything but Homas, and never seen a board for it anywhere but at my parents' house. It's fun. You push wooden discs down a wooden board and try to get them into four slots at the end, in equal proportion, for points.
Tomorrow I hope to start work on a scrapbook of my (late) Dad's stuff: photos, magazine articles about him (he was interviewed about the software industry back in the early '90s), awards, various memories...my mom has a ton of stuff here at her house that she needs organized (he died 12 years ago; it's time to get this stuff sorted out and into an easier format for enjoyment).
I miss you, David! Enjoy your razor and everything else. Can't wait to be with you again.
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What a great opportunity for your children to experience so many different cultures, languages, etc. I grew up living all over the world. Everyone says, oh it's so hard on the children. BS. It will be the greatest thing for them. They'll be more balanced, more tolerant, and have a greater appreciation for the differences they'll encounter. Great post. Best to you.
Posted by: MorganLighter | Jul 19, 2007 10:40:26 PM
Two of my children went to international schools. Memories and sorting them out should be a healthy experience, especially with this many years after your father's death... Enjoy the time with your mother.
Posted by: MotherPie | Jul 26, 2007 5:56:23 PM