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Singing, sewing and Swedish School
Hej! Had a very Swedishy day yesterday sewing together my granny square pillow, and getting ready for Swedish School. Every Tuesday I lug the kids down there to meet other Swedish children, and learn the basics. It's a big commitment because we drive during rush hour traffic making a one-way 45 minute drive take 90 minutes or so. There's a long list of things I need to bring: portable DVD player, DVDs (one for special K, one for Master Luke), their books and pencils, my stuff to do, my aspirin, snacks galore, cash and whatever outdoor clothes they may need for break. The class is only 2 hours long, but you would think that we were going to be gone for a week! Last night we needed extra stuff because I volunteered to be substitute teacher for Master Luke's class: the squirmiest, noisiest, liviest bunch of 10 year olds I know. (I deserve a medal, ha ha.) :-) Of course rushing to get there in time, with all my things and the kids, I forgot the most vital bag -- the one continuing the work books. Oh well, improvise. We did well enough. I brought apples for the hungry multitudes, cajoled the kids into singing Swedish St. Lucia songs with their energetic music teacher, and made time for paper airplane contest - in Swedish. Phew! Then the long ride home and säng (bed). Makes me realize why so many Swedish Americans skipped teaching their own children the language, it's work, but I think well worth it in the end. (Picture from last year on 11/12, kids sharing cocoa at Svaneholm slott. The XMAS season had begun in Sweden.)
There are several breaking stories in my homeland, and my friends are involved in both! First there is a massive movement to let young refugees without papers stay in Sweden. Due to the molasses-like movement of the state many children have been there for so many years that they have learned the Swedish language and assimilated into the country. Now, they are being forcibly removed and sent to war torn countries like Afghanistan. Would YOU want to go if you were them? Hell no! One of my friends is part of the effort in Stockholm to stop that from happening and others across the country are trying to find homes for them. Wish I was there to help. I have been following it and I'm impressed by the group's commitment and PR savvy. Just doing my best to help from here by spreading the news. #låtdeungastanna. facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vistarinteut/
Another important issue that is being taken up just this week concerns the #metoo movement. Despite Sweden's repu…
from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurbits The kurbits is an invented, fantastical symbol of vegetal fertility based on a gourd or pumpkin of biblical legend, principally used for ornamentation in Swedish folk art and on painted furniture and domestic objects. Very popular between 1720 and 1870, particularly in Dalarna and southern Norrland, the paintings and murals have mostly biblical motifs, such as "The Triumphant Entrance of The Queens of Sheba to Jerusalem", and the people and buildings depicted are as locally fashionable at the time of painting. They were done by itinerant painters, mainly from Dalarna, who specialized in the style and whose signatures are to be found in many localities.Today it is still used for decorating tourist memorabilia from Dalarna.
I'm getting ready for a trip to Scandinavia this summer so I thought I'd brush up on my "skills". My son and I are speaking Swedish, the clogs have come out (and they're not going back into the closet until there's snow on the ground) and I'm using my "osthyvel" more frequently. I found this article on Scandikitchen and I think it's pretty spot on. Mmmm, toast and jam. :) And I really do want a "Fjällräven" backpack! Thanks for the laugh Scandikitchen.
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Also known as: Quirky traits of the Scandinavian people.
We asked on Facebook and Twitter for your help on this. Thanks to everybody who came up with some awesome suggestions: The slicing of cheese It’s a thing. A big thing (especially in Sweden). Do not cut the end of the cheese if it’s a triangle, al…