July 3, 2007

Posted by Rie On 10:11 AM
July 3rd is my parent's wedding anniversary - happy 31 years!

My parents are pretty cool. They do their own thing in Sooke and have a good time doing it! The first picture was from Glenda and Nathan's wedding in Aug. 2006 - of course they were invited since they have known both of them for many years now and plus they pretty much adopted Glenda. The second picture is from my trip home back in 2003 and we were walking around Cowichan Bay - now they have their boat up there!

July 3rd is also the day I left Canada 10 years ago. The one year trip of "discovering my roots" turned into a more permanent stay of 10 years. I remember the day I left as though it was yesterday and I wish I had the pictures on my computer so I could share it with all of you. I moved to a country where I didn't know the language, didn't know anyone other than meeting my family members a couple of times and it's funny to think it was 10 years ago - I never imagined in my wildest dreams that I'd fall in love with this little country and end up staying. I was 17 years old, fresh out of high school and not really sure of what I wanted to do with my life. Now I'm 27, living on my own, working and living life as a Dane. Now I have two homes and it's hard sometimes but right now, I belong in Denmark. I miss my family and friends in Canada like crazy but luckily we have the internet and I'm able to come home for visits so I talk and "see" them quite often.

Lots of things have happened in the 10 years here in DK - I have a better understanding of my parent's and grandparents' background. I've met my family members who live in DK - All of a sudden, our small family in Canada/USA turned into a HUGE international family. I have so many freaking aunts, uncles and cousins that I still get mixed up! I learned the language (ok, ok, I still make some big mistakes now and then - YES, I know I still sound funny sometimes!) I have gone to school here and worked several different jobs (some sucked more than others) and now I know what I want to do with my life. I have made some wonderful friends and met a man I love - they are always there for me and we have had some good times. Lots of laughs and lots of support. Having some really good people in my life has certainly made the transition easier and also the fact that my family and friends back in Canada have supported me 100% in my decision to stay. Yes, I do think about moving back to Canada - quite often actually - but I know in my heart that my life is here. I would miss DK terribly and my future is here.

10 aar siden. Utrolig at taenke paa, synes jeg. Nu sidder jeg her, kigger rundt i mit hjem og kan slet ikke forstille hvordan mit liv skulle ellers vaere. Jeg har det godt her, har moedt nogle fantastiske mennesker og synes selv jeg udviklede mig meget i de sidste 10 aar. Ikke kun fordi jeg er 10 aar aeldre men fordi jeg fandt ud af hvem JEG er og hvor JEG kommer fra. Ja, jeg taenker tilbage til Canada men jeg taenker fremad i Denmark... does that make any sense?

Ok, enough of that. I have to put some laundry over and get my shit together here today. It's my first real day of vacation and I have loads of things to do today. I hope everyone is having a great day, the sun is shining here and I can see blue sky!

2 Intelligent comments:

Glenda-Bean said...

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! You're parents are fabulous and I'm glad I can call them my adoptive parents hee hee! I hope they have a awesome anniversary!

gaby said...

hi Rie!
I didn't know all about your interest to stay in DK. You know, I was reading your blog (I use to visit it couple of days per week!) and I noticed the time you posted this one, 1:11, which for freak people like me who like angels, it means angels are around.

And I think you have a big angel who is taking care of you while being in what seemed to be a new country and now it's your house.

I love your pics!