Day 100

Day 100 – Today was a busy day. This is an image of my desk which captures a little bit of my messy little world. It has my new Dutch book, dreaming of my first trip to Hawaii, a few Dropjes, my paper organizer that I still love, my Stella & Dot clutch/purse that carries my wallet and essentials and can be easily transferred from tennis bag, to car, to school, etc., fun sunglasses, and lots of papers! But back to my busy day…

This morning I had my first dutch lesson with Ilse. Finding Ilse was such a cool story. I was playing tennis with a friend and I mentioned we were moving to Holland. She asked if I knew Ilse and that she taught Dutch. I told her I had met Ilse at our church and had seen her at school, and riding her bike all over town, but I didn’t know she spoke Dutch and hadn’t really talked with her much. But the next day I saw Ilse at the Kindergarten playground and reintroduced myself, explaining my story and now the rest is history. She agreed to tutor me and today was my first lesson. She came to my house for an hour+ and we chatted in Dutch while drinking tea and coffee. I learned the alphabet and dipthongs, and practiced asking questions and used lots of repetition. My brain really had to think and I loved learning something new, even though it was challenging. The other cool thing about Ilse, is that she introduced me to another woman who is also moving to Amsterdam with her husband and 4 kids. I love how our little world is so connected. My new friend and I met a couple weeks ago and introduced our kids and will hopefully be neighbors in Amstelveen soon. I love my friends and how we’re all connected.

While Ilse was hear tutoring me, the gardner came to remove our favorite tree that has been infested with a nasty bug called thrips. This made me really sad because I loved this tree. Is it weird to love a tree? But really – it had character and was architecturally beautiful with great “bones” and has been with us for 11 years. But the tree had been dying for the last several years. I have great memories of C climbing to the top and J finding a middle branch to sit in and read a book. It used to provide a great shade canopy over our patio for our many BBQs and potluck dinners, but recently it just provided shadows. With the tree gone, our patio is very bright and the yard looks so much bigger. I guess that’s a good thing.

J was home from school today with a fever and double ear infection. I’m thankful that I was easily able to bring her to the doctor and get antibiotics for her within a few hours. This is one worry I have moving to Holland – will we be able to have as good and quick health care there and will I be able to communicate with the health care professionals? I guess I better keep practicing my Dutch.

And the sun was shining brightly today, so little C was able to go out to baseball practice this evening. I’m hyper aware of the sun shining and that my son gets to play baseball and that he probably won’t get to play in Holland. I’m aware of the changes that are coming and I feel a bit melancholy, even though I want the changes that are to come, I don’t want them to get here too fast. In a way, it makes me enjoy what is even more. I like that.

At the dinner table tonight, we talked about our 100 days left in the states and what we want to do before we leave. We came up with 3 more plans: 1) Big C decided that he wants to have his birthday party be a movie and sleepover party. 2) Little C came up with a guest list for his Laser Quest party and 3) We decided and booked tickets to Colorado to see Jeff’s grandparents and family before we move. It was a lively discussion and felt good. But now I’m exhausted. Hopefully tomorrow I’ll get to play tennis and “relax” a bit!!

Good night. Sweet dreams. Tot ziens! – A.

2 thoughts on “Day 100

  1. Dear Adriana, there is a thing about serendipity, or what you probably would like to call the universe bringing people together when it’s the right time. The story of your Day 100 makes me think of just that. Somehow, today, on what will soon be your day 96 (I’m in Brussels, so 9 hours ahead of you, same as Holland ;>) I stumbled upon your “I love today”, it sparked. And, after reading your latest posts, I learn you are moving over here, to the old continent – what a great opportunity, as you say, and how few of us get to have life-changing opportunities where discovery and growth are the drivers. So, I’m excited for you and your family. And, yes, you must prepare for an incredible experience, beginning with Dutch-speaking and bycicle-riding they do it even in mini-skirts and any kind of weather (ah, yes, also, the different weather we get here). I’ve not lived in Holland but if I could I’d run to it for all the yoga workshops they have (they have a vibrant Anusara community) =) Als je wil wij kan onze Nederlands oefenen, Ik heb een jaar NL gestudeerd maar ik spreek het niet hier in Brussel. Let me know as you go about your preparations. Let me know if I can be of any help. Hoei (I think the Dutch say something like that when they say bye ;>). Ana Luisa

    • Hola Ana Luisa, So nice to hear from you again! Thank you for reconnecting with me. It’s been many years! Are you living in Brussels? It is on our list of places to see again – I stopped for a day about 14 years ago, but definitely not long enough. Thank you for telling me about the yoga community in Holland – I love doing yoga, even have tried it on my paddle board and it’s something I’d like to do more of, especially when we get settled again. Let’s see each other again in the old country, like you say! I always loved your spirit and energy!! Hope all is well. Hoel!! xo – Adriana

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