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We took a picture at the wreathmaking workshop last night of all the participants grouped together, holding their newly created Christmas wreaths up with their smiling faces peering through the middle. :) This is the 3rd year that we've had this workshop on Thanksgiving evening here in Sweden, and it is always so much fun. Rosa, the proprietor of the shop, doesn't mind when we going digging around in the back to find pine cones spray painted gold or strange little nuts and dried flowers to use in our table decorations. She feeds us pastries, pepparkakor and cinnamon buns and laughs goodnaturedly at all our thick American accents.

I think my weeks of late nights are catching up with me. I woke up again feeling sick to my stomach and stayed home from work a few hours to let it settle down. argh If I hadn't felt obligated to come into work, I think I could have spent the entire day in bed.

Happy-making: I'm thrilled that one of my brother's photographs has been chosen by the photography editor of the new ezine that I'm on the staff of for the first issue.

Sad-making: A couple of days ago, a club member had sent me a flyer for the child of a friend of hers who was kidnapped, and today she sent me the news that the child has been found. The mother is Swedish, and the father is American and a resident of Sweden. After many court appearances in Sweden, the father was given special permission to take the boy to the U.S. on holiday to San Francisco, where the father’s family resides. Mia’s son never came back and Sweden issued a child abduction warrant for the father. Both Interpol Sweden and the San Francisco DA’s office were actively working the case. Now the father is in custody and the mother is flying to the U.S. to collect her 5-year-old son. All I can think of is how confused and alone that little boy must feel.
tired, sad & queasy
mood: tired, sad & queasy
music: Collective Soul—The World I Know


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I feel for that little boy too. As you know, I transcribe a lot of family court matters and it always upsets me that the supposed grown-ups are SO busy getting at each other and trying to get their own way that they totally disregard how badly they're tearing their children apart, the ones they're supposed to love and care about so much.

That makes me angry, too! Makes me sick.

The wreathmaking workshop sounds like lots of fun. Bet the picture is cool. How great about your brother's photo! I am looking forward to this new ezine.

Parents should have to get a "license" to have kids I think. They should have to exhibit the responsibility to raise kids without using them as weapons if a relationship fails. These stories make me angry and so sad, because it is always the kids that are hurt the most.

ha! :) I've said that for years! "Certification or Sterilization!" hahahaha! I joke about it, but man, sometimes I SO think it ought to be true. Parenting classes are a great idea. Even good parents can use them!

Glad-making for the sad-making: At least Sweden and the US seemed to work together on this. I can think of so many countries that aren't co-operative when it comes to child abductions by one of the parents.

I have to agree there, although I have heard of some cases where it wasn't the case, even though one side was Sweden. I think the authorities should definitely get involved in these cases, otherwise there is so very little that a parent can do.

Det är vidrigt när föräldrarna sliter och drar i barnen efter en skilsmässa.

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