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Memory: A Consequence of Langauge

Now that my parents are gone, who will remember with me who I was as a child? Photo: Jørgen Hattesen.
Now that my parents are gone, who will remember with me who I was as a child? Photo: Jørgen Hattesen.

This is an edited version of a post that first appeared on Pied-á-terre CPH in October 2014. It was reblogged on Translatorpower.

When my father was dying I wrote memories of the childhood I had with him. I wrote in my native language, Danish, and gave him a long, long brain dump of everything that came to mind in the short period I had. He enjoyed reading my perspective of events he could recall to greater or lesser extent.

Together we wrote the story of his own life, illustrated it with photos and had it published in 100 copies. I put one copy, hot from the press, into his hands just as the ambulance officers came to collect him to take him to the hospice. Two days later he died. Continue reading Memory: A Consequence of Langauge

2015 in review

High up, the sky is the limit. 2014.
High up, the sky is the limit. 2014.

2015 was a big year. Not because it was longer (not even a leap year), but because I experienced much, much more than I normally do. Time is very much elastic and subjective.

In late 2014, I went back to Denmark, my country of birth to reconnect with my first culture, to have a foot on the ground in the country I chose to leave behind 24 years ago and to connect with my growing family.

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