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living the fairy tale

sometimes living in sweden feels like i am living in a fairy tale, a beautiful book full of glossy illustrations of light, green forests, mushrooms, and berries. every once in a while daycare closes for planning and we get a special day with our children when traffic is light and everyone is healthy. today was one of those days. my kids and i went to the river and walked down the trail to find fresh raspberries, but we were really on the search for a unicorn. we found tracks and glittery soil (which of course comes from the glitter embedded in the coat of the unicorn). my daughter is totally convinced that we were just around the corner from the fantastic animal. we did not find any unicorns, but we did pick a lot of berries and had a fun picnic by the riverside.

...tomorrow, waffles and fresh raspberry jam! yum!

August 26, 2004 in family, way too personal | Permalink


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I feel the same way. There seem to be two types of Americans living here (at least from my experience), those who love it and 'live' the fairytale, or those who hate it and count the days until they fly away. I wonder if it has anything to do with being read fairytales as a child? When I walk through the woods with my children, I expect to run into Hansel and Gretel at any moment!

Posted by: Stephanie | Aug 29, 2004 9:59:08 AM

I was just thinking this morning, as I walked to work, how sometimes, not as often as when I first moved here, I wonder if I'll wake up and find that it's all been a wonderful dream. Which, of course, would be my most terrible nightmare. Or something like that.

Posted by: francis s. | Aug 27, 2004 5:59:36 PM