Sunday, January 16, 2011

Letter From Norway

 We received a surprise in the mailbox. A letter from the far away and fascinating land of Norway.
 My husbands Willie's niece Karis lives on the Norwegian coast & sent the most intriguing letter telling about her family's life . The letter was written so well and was a joy to read. I plan to keep this letter in a safe place for future pleasure.

I will share with you the first paragraph "Greetings from the Markhus household! At the moment it's November. The sun is slipping further and further South in the horizon, shining thin, pale light, always from behind something: a tree, a mountain, a building, like just before sunset. Sunrise is just before sunset; the sun takes so long getting up that it gives up and decides to just go back to bed. Which is about how the rest of us feel around here this time of year too! But this year everything is crisp and frosty and makes me want to put up Christmas lights and light candles and listen to Christmas music. It's unusually cold and clear, and best of all-no rain! Christmas in Norway might sound idyllic, but where we are on the coast, it usually rains. Maybe this year it will be white!

Karis goes on to say how two year old Helene loves the movie "The Sound of Music" and goes around singing "So-da-la-fa-mi-do-re" her toy goats and sheep dance and yodel; "lady odlady odlady hee hoo!'
 I tell you what Helene and I have allot in common.

Karis also says her husband Frank has been doing some remodeling, so they now have room for company.
 This letter makes me want to jump on the next plane to explore Scandinavia.
 Watch out Karis, your long lost relatives may be knocking on your door.


Paula said...

Oh wow! That is so fascinating! How did Willie find her? I'm betting it won't be long until you guys are heading off to explore Norway~

I'm going to have to look back at our tree and find exactly where the Norwegian ancestors on our side of the family were from.

Adrienne said...

That is so cool (and from the sounds of her letter I mean literally too!). I still have family in the Czech Republic that my dad had actually visited. You know, when you get right down to it, we are all brothers and sisters aren't we ...

Twisted Fencepost said...

That is so interesting. Wish I could find some of my family who live way off in distance lands.