What a difference a day can make, to coin a phrase. Today was one of those rare days in a life when the place, events and people you are with all line up to give you a big High Five from Heaven. It has been a long time coming, indeed. Yet, today life showed me that there is purpose, meaning and substance for my existence, not just in my fantasy world, but in concrete reality.
It happened this way: the nice, small Steiner/Waldorf school which has given my husband his new right livelihood and the reason we moved to this big island of Denmark, has now welcomed me also, to be there with a funny and sweet group of people, help teach a couple of the higher classes English, and begin to find my way into their ‘hyggelig’ community. Needless to say, I am delighted. For the first time since moving away from my own country and my mother tongue, I have been welcomed as I am, and my language skills are considered an asset instead of a problem. Today I had the pleasure of friendly conversation, in English, with some delightful Danish teenagers, while helping them to cook a healthy meal for their class and teachers. Nobody minded the fact that I wasn’t speaking Danish, and the conversations flowed between the two languages without any complaints from anyone, least of all me. Joy!
“I wonder if I’ve been changed in the night. Let me think. Was I the same when I got up this morning? I almost think I can remember feeling a little different. But if I’m not the same, the next question is ‘Who in the world am I?’ Ah, that’s the great puzzle!”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
Afterwards, I arrived back home and sat down to catch up on the blog posts I have missed over the past couple of days. Two and a half hours later, I still wasn’t done, but had to stop, get up, move my body again. So much writing, thinking, information, enlightening news, thought-provoking stories you have been sending out to the blogosphere! With all that everybody is sending out these days, it makes me feel like becoming quiet and simply taking it all in for a while. Therefore, tonight’s post is short on words, and long on gratitude to you, dear Readers, for all you are doing for one another and for the larger world with your dedication to your blogs and followers. Thanks, as always, for taking the time to read my words. And if you feel so inclined, here is a partial list of some of what I have been reading here today, such interesting things!
“the world is so full of a number of things, I am sure we should all be as happy as kings!” Robert Louis Stevenson
- Meet the Girl Who Inspired ‘Alice in Wonderland’ (theatlantic.com)
- Adventures in Wonderland: or rather, what Alice’s adventures taught me (thesmallestcomma.wordpress.com)
- Books That Inspire Me: Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass (adragonmuses.com)