Posts in Family

Putting your sins on a banana boat

My favorite Thai holiday is Loi Gratong. It is today and I am sad it is minus eight outside so that I cannot float my sins down the river on a banana boat. That is what we do, you see. Beautiful floats are made from the banana tree trunk slices,... Read More

November 25, 2010 4 Comments

The glue that holds a community together

One of the most important things for people in any society, any culture or  any social group is community. And one of the most important things to glue a community together is culture. The Karen sing, and any Karen community with respect for themselves has a good choir that meet... Read More

November 21, 2010 3 Comments

Vanilla and butter flavored love

Once Naomi was going to make a cake while I was out doing something else. She called me—panic was in her voice—and said: I think I did something wrong. I put one cup of vanilla and a tablespoon of sugar in the cake. I think it should have been the... Read More

November 11, 2010 7 Comments

To kick sled or to car sled?

It was the scariest day ever. My muscles felt tense and I had to remind myself to keep breathing. A couple of times I thought it was the end and for a split second I wondered if I was ready to face eternity. I knew I could do this, and... Read More

November 8, 2010 2 Comments

Rain-pants and hair

“Kristin, it’s going to rain today so you need to bring your rain-pants for your day in the forest.” Here in Norway the kids spend a day a week in the forest, doing school there. It’s amazing how much more they learn about biology, science and the kind by actually... Read More

November 4, 2010 4 Comments

T.G.I. Friday

Fridays are nice days. Friday nights I am usually full of Christmas-like expectancies. There are so many good things to look forward to: The ice-cold Guinness that I have been looking forward to popping open and pouring into a tall glass all week. Black like molasses. Frothy like a polluted... Read More

October 29, 2010 1 Comment

I am what I choose

I have said this before, but since it is so true, I will repeat it: The freedom of choice is often a burden. Because when we get to choose, we also run the risk of choosing wrong. And since we have made the choice, then the responsibility of the outcome... Read More

October 18, 2010 6 Comments

Harmony to the tunes of Feist

During my 14 years as a mother there have been times when I have wondered why I got the most challenging job in the world. And also why my kids don’t act like the kids in magazines and TV commercials. But then there are nights like tonight when I think:... Read More

October 14, 2010 2 Comments