Sweet, sweet, Sweden.
Island day with Lina, Fredrick,
My, and children.
Good-natured, bright, generous.
Equitable, long-standing relationships.
Kids fully considered and included.
Easy, warm, interactive even in quietness.
Karin ever-present in thoughts and conversation.
Peter present in contact and orchestration.
Ferry, playground, castle, fikka, swimming, lunch.
Thoughtful shopping for camera/iPad connector.
Full day of congenial interactions within firm foundation.
Trying out Swedish in short sentences,
Increasingly willing to experiment.
Fascinating to observe my silence amid conversation.
Easier to understand communication
Between parents/caregivers and small children.
More sentences swim fully-formed to my ears.
Ann Beth Blake
(c) July 20, 2013