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FALL LIKE SWEET STRAINS OR PENSIVE SMILES
A split-personality day: busy morning at work, lazy afternoon at home. World swathed in the grey veils of seemingly solid fog, a wet filmy filter through which everything appears faded or fading. I feel a bit filmed over myself as it was one of those under-the-skin migraine days with a headache hovering at the edge of my skull, peering through my eyes, tapping at the back of my neck. Tablets held it at bay for a time, but after lunch and on the way home it bit down hard and refused to let go, shaking me limp between its teeth. Anders and the kids were gone to the hairdresser and then to Malmö to pick up a toy train set, so I shut the bedroom door and dissolved in blessed silence and sleep. An hour and a half later, 2 more tablets finished it off. Bloody headaches, we hatessss them.

Stretching out before me is the joy of a 4-day weekend. The Easter holidays are already in full swing here in Sweden, and children dressed as rabbits and witches arrived at my door as I did, chanting Glad Påsk! and begging for candy. I had stopped at the market square in Lund and picked up whippy spring branches with colored feathers tied to the ends, traditional Spring decorations, and set them in a pot in front of the house. 2 bunches of tulips brighten the kitchen table. Shopping at the fruit-and-vegetable market in the cobblestoned square makes me feel so very European.

Online obligations are nearly fulfilled for this month's editions of the AWC newsletter and Mosaic Minds. The children are bathed and asleep, Karin with one hand flung out and her legs propped up on her big stuffed dog, Martin turned sideways with a book fallen over his face. I have a long to-do list and spring-cleaning is raising its needy head, but for the moment, I am content to curl up and read. Plenty of time this weekend to make a dent in the never-ending lists of things that must be attended to, taken care of, finished beforehand, prepared for, cleaned up, dealt with.

e11en wrote a lovely and pensive post about missing her first family, and it's so perfectly aligned with my mood right now that I might have written it myself (except for not having that many siblings). I miss my first family and my childhood and the game-playing and the jokes only my brother and sister would get (Bashy!). My mom and my brother are coming to visit next month, and it will be wonderful, but I wish my sister could come, too, and most of all, some days, I wish my DAD could.
 pensive
mood: pensive
music: Sara Hickman—In the Fields


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(Anonymous)

Bashy!!!!!!! WAHAHAHA I was trying to explain that to someone yesterday and it just was not as fun w/out you to double over with me in tears laughing!!! I SOOOOOOO wish I could be there too. I really want to get us all together soon. I miss the fun, the jokes, the "B" sessions, the trivial pursuit and yes even the tempers!!
Enjoy your Easter weekend I have one more shift before I get my 2 days off. Love Your Leetle Beeg Seester.

I miss you TONS!!!

Rabbits and witches at the door? So does Easter in Sweden manifest a little bit like Halloween on this side of the pond?

Enjoy your four day weekend!

It is, actually. The Easter Bunny is just starting to make inroads here, and so is Halloween, as it's never been celebrated in Sweden the way we do it in the States. I wrote a bit about the Swedish Easter traditions last year. :)

(Anonymous)

wow. Easter sounds like a complicated event in Sweden, I get the bunnes at the door, but what's with the witches?!! Ooo. How I wish i could think of something snappy and clever to write here right now, but all I can think is how gratedul I am to whoever thought to put LOTION inside the kleenex and how utterly putrid the cough syrup aftertaste lingerng in my mouth is. Yuck. Not very hoppy thoughts. (For once, no typo... I actually meant "hoppy" thoughts.)

Happiest Easter to you and your Moppets (and Anders too)!

xo Wee

Here's something I wrote about Swedish Easter traditions last year that helps explain the witches thing :)

Sorry to hear that the migraine monster made an appearance, but glad that you beat it off.

I'm fascinated by your description of Swedish Easter traditions (the tulips and branches-with-colored-feathers sound lovely), and of children dressing up -- sort of a reverse-Easter Bunny thing? The rabbits I understand, but why the witches?

::giggling madly at your icon::

I wrote about the Swedish Easter witches a bit last year. You can read about it here. :) And I giggled when I made that icon, too! XD

Thanks for the link -- what a fascinating custom!

(Anonymous)

Enjoy your four-day weekend! If you worked for the government here, you'd be enjoying a FIVE-day one. (What a racket...them, not you. They get yet another paid holiday next Thursday.) Without kiddies around, it's hard to remember it's even Easter weekend. It was always one of my favorite holidays as a kid...hope your kids have a wonderful one! ~Marilyn

Did you just call me a Donut?

Har! I made that icon JUST FOR YOU!

(Anonymous)
rabbits and witches oh my!

oh I loved this post!! it felt magical and fresh and full of excitement-- I think I would love how Sweden celebrates Easter--- have a wonderful 4-day holiday.

~bluepoppy

I'm glad I'm not the only one. ;-)

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