Nov 25, 2010

Day 02 – My parents

Meet my parents

My mom: Anne 
A very playful lady but one who can also be incredibly firm when needed. She has changed a lot over the years so it's difficult to give one simple description of her as a parent.
When I was a child, she was, in my opinion, too hard on us when it came to responsibilities and such. I mean, parents should be tough - but they also have to let their kids be kids.
On the other hand, this is one of the reasons why I'm quite a tough cookie myself sometimes and this is something I really came to value in myself and it has helped me through some difficult situations.

As I grew older and after my mom and dad had separated, she became the incredibly sweet, soft and caring person she is today! We became more like friends than purely mother and daughter.
What has always been consistent is that she has always loved me the best she could (let's face it, I wasn't exactly the role-model child either ;)).

My mom is a teacher, a job that suits her perfectly and I am very proud of her for making this change in her life (started the studies at the age of 40!!).

My dad: Tom 
My dad and I were always very close when I grew up! He was easy-going, fun to be around and my friends also really liked him. It also helped that for a while, he was coaching our "for fun" soccer team.
He is actually half Finnish, which make me a quarter Finnish and he speaks Finnish fluently.
His mom (my only living grandparent) and brother (my uncle) lives in Finland and I have 3 cousins on his side.

My dad moved quite far away a little more than a year after the separation, so I didn't see him so much for a while. During this time, our contact became less good - but as he recently moved back to Köping, it should be easier in the future.

My dad loves fishing and I love to go with him! Unfortunately, since I moved to Switzerland, this is not easy to do these days..... When he still lived in his house (up until not so long ago) he would always smoke a trout for me whenever I'd come and visit as he knows it's one of my favourite foods!
I am very very happy he finally moved closer to "home"!

My Bonus dad: Kalle
....well, his real name is Gunnar, but that's a name I've never called him. After all, I didn't even know his real name was anything BUT Kalle until more than a year after he started to date my mom. They are happily married since a number of years (am a little bit ashmed that I can't remember the exact year......) and I know I can always count on him if I ever get into trouble, if I just need to talk or if I simply want a Grappa ;))

These are my parents..... They have sacrificed a lot to bring up my brother and me. Hopefully they have also gained something ;)
I love them to pieces and wouldn't replace them for anything 



  1. Aw I love reading these posts :) I should probably just take on the challenge myself, but I'm afraid I won't be able to keep up with it and I'm also afraid that some of the posts will be too difficult ;) You go girl, I love reading your blog - always. You inspire me! ♥

  2. Oh wow, thanks so much!! You just made my day ♥
    Of course you should take the challenge ;)) You can commit to the 30 posts, but like me, not to do one absolutely every day? ;)

  3. Oh love you to my sweetest daughter,,and ofcourse you and youre brother brighten my life but that you already know...:-)) papps....

  4. My parents are both disciplinarian. But what made me admire them is their commitment to each other. They had ups and downs in their married life, too. My brothers and my sister, now married are doing their best to follow the example of our parents. Their commitment to their marriage vows, and the way they discipline their children.

    You may not be a perfect daughter but you have a great respect and love for your parents. That trait, is admirable. :)

  5. Dad: I love you too!! =))

    Jolly Princess: Thank you so much =))

  6. Linda my wonderful daughter!!
    I almost cried when I read what you wrote about me. I did many things when you grew up that I am not proud of, but I know that you know why I did them now. I wasn`t happy thoose days but I did not even know it myself. I hope I have made some of it up to you the last 10-12 years, even though I know you can never have the happy childhood you so desperatly needed then as a grown up. Sometimes I feel that I don`t really know you now since we live such different lives, but when we meet, that feeling disappears and if you stay long enough it almost feels like we are back in years again. I love you now, I loved you then and I will always love you. And remember that I am really proud of you!!
    By the way, I have been married to Kalle since 2002 and we met in 1999, just so you know, haha.

    Kisses and hugs from a mother who loves you and your brother very much!!

  7. .....and for the first time in my life, I am now at a loss for words ♥♥♥
    Mamma, Jag älskar dig!!!


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