Sunday, May 1, 2011

1046

Today is my 1046th day living in Denmark and this is my 880th blog post on Mads and Kelli.
Neither of those numbers is really that significant, but today, May 1st definitely is.


In my mind May means springtime although I am not sure why that is because I have never lived in a place PD (pre-Denmark) that really had a spring SEASON. Where I come from we associate spring with tornado season and the threat of 100F days before summer actually gets here--- rather than consecutive weeks of temperatures GRADUALLY warming as the buds open up a little more each day.....  


What "Albert's Park" looked like on Thursday
Today, May 1, is May Day and although in many cultures this day is associated with labor unions and activism, in my world, I don't see workers picketing for fair wages on May 1; I see children in their finest spring attire, laughing and dancing around the maypole--the girls with crowns of flowers on their heads and the boys with grass stains on the knees of their white linen pants. Cheesy, I know. But somehow living in Denmark makes me really LOVE the arrival of springtime.


Each day, as the sun shines a little longer, and the sky gets a little bluer, I see those around me smile just a little more often. You cannot help but be in a good mood in Denmark at this time of year. Every day when we go for a walk with Albert, we see a new color appearing in "our" park. We see a new tree popping out with a shade of green we have not seen for at least a year. And we realize that WE DID IT.... We survived another Danish winter!


Unless you live in the very cold, very dreary and very DARK Scandinavia (or RUSSIA!!) you cannot really understand how HUGE this change of season is. Apart from the Christmas season, I honestly HATE Danish winter. If you look up the word DEPRESSING in a picture dictionary, I am sure that there is a photograph of Danish Winter sitting there because it really is awful...  But I am so thankful that the awfulness is temporary and that on days like today, May 1, my 1046th day living in Denmark, I can smile and chalk up one more line on the scoreboard.....


Danish Winter -- 0  /  Kelli-- 3 



4 comments:

ladyfi said...

Hurray for spring. I do love the winter when we have snow, but not when it's dreary and grey - as it is in England and Denmark...

Amy said...

I am with Fi here, I do love winter but it is best when the sun is shining on the white winterland...but spring and summer is absolutely up at the top of my favourite seasons and fall of course with all her beauty is also a lovely season.
I just placed an order for some flowers for my veranda and garden...this is another aspect of this season which I love, watching the garden come back to life and planting new stuff to color my world the next few months!!!
Way to go with your scorebord...hope the winters never get a point!!!

Jon said...

The remarkable lushness of Denmark was one of my first impressions. Flowers and greenery everywhere!

GutsyWriter said...

What beautiful tulips. Here in CA, I have to BUY them at Trader Joe's. Anyway, I was in Copenhagen in January this year and I understand the "dreary" gray sky and lack of energy. I wonder if I'd stay motivated to workout at a gym in Denmark if I lived there. Here it's easier to go year round. Keep smiling, and I do love the Danes and their food and hygge.