Tomorrow is the Norwegian Constitution Day, the biggest national celebration in Norway. People dress up in traditional suits (bunad) or clothes in red, white and blue (the colors of the Norwegian flag). Everyone say “Happy Birthday!” to each other. It’s a day for many dear traditions, such as marching in parades and eating as many ice creams as you can.
This year’s celebration will be different. The reason doesn’t really need further explanation with the whole world being affected by the pandemic.
Then again, no May 17ths have ever been the same…
Are you ready for a walk down the memory lane with me?
I was the proud co-host of an amazing champagne breakfast. This is probably the May 17th when I managed to uphold most of the traditions that go with this celebration. I got a champagne headache before leaving the breakfast table, but still walked in the parades and ate an ice cream, despite the weather being rather chilly. Looking at the photos from last year, I realize there is actually way more snow lying around right now.
The very first photo
I was ten years old. My mom handed me kodak camera and here is the result. I don’t really remember much of this day, only that it was kind of uncomfortable. I think it had something to do with the competitions that had been arranged in the school yard; jumping around with a sack around the legs, carrying a potato with a spoon in the mouth – that kind of activities. But the ice creams I ate, made it all a lot better.
Karl Johans gate
If there is one place you definitely should experience on this day, it’s Karl Johans gate – the main street of the city of Oslo. Here you can watch parades, orchestras and bunads from all parts of Norway, and it’s a long-standing tradition that the royal family of Norway waves from a balcony of the royal palace, the yellow building which you see at the end of the street in the photo. The king usually gives a beautiful and unifying speech about what we actually celebrate on May 17th, our including and free society ❤
Somewhere in between sleep and reality last night, I remembered a cow. Nice thoughts followed. I couldn’t convince myself that I would remember them in the morning, although I really tried, and so I wrote them down:
Writing, documenting, publishing. It’s a nice method to process life and an excellent way to remember the important things.
It’s funny how one of the scenes I remember most clearly from Haiti is the skinny cow from this post:
This cow was shared because I encountered her while being absolutely high on happiness. I get closer to that space just from remembering that overwhelming grateful feeling. I love you cow, I felt. And feel.
The essence of this entry?
When you realize that your spiritual cow guide probably is a bull, don’t miss the point. If you can find one reason to smile right now, don’t overthink it – just do it.
You know what happens when your backup hard drive crashes? Personally, I lose the motivation to take more pictures. What’s the point of preserving a moment or a memory for ever, if you won’t see it ever again?
And those crashes, they happen to me a lot. Do they happen to you too?
So I haven’t taken pictures for months (except for ❤ work <3). Because what’s the point? Also, it’s dark outside >_> #polarnights
Then, I decided to look through my old backup disk earlier today.
There will be no photo summary of 2015 on this blog. “R.I.P. stupid hard drive”. Instead – pictures of christmas past:
This blog recently turned two years, and I didn’t highlight the event in any way.
I’m so sorry, my darling (yes, sometimes I communicate directly with this blog, it’s my baby after all)! I’m the worst mama ever. How can redeem myself? I should give you a present, perhaps a new theme, oooh(!), or a domain!
To understand the meaning of selective memory – read the title.
Today has been a nostalgic day since I’ve dedicated it to organize and look and old pictures and files. I found got many awesome surprises! Imagine I had forgotten this stuff:
(What have I done to protect myself from loosing all my files, should my Mac’s hard drive crash again? I’ve bought a 1TB big external hard drive and transferred all files from my old external hard drive to it. The old one is now only used by Time Machine, and I swear to plug it into my Mac every evening. Amen.)