I've informed Saab's daughter that we'll have a thread here as an A2K memorial to Saab (her name was Bitten). The family will then have access to our community's thoughts.
Bitten and I began communicating (via the message function here) towards the beginning of this year. We'd first bumped into each other when she posted in a discussion on cars (who doesn't like a woman who likes cars?) Our conversations covered a lot of subjects including where we came from and where we've lived. Bitten was a very bright and nice lady who had a sharp wit. I become very fond of her and though she'd alerted me that some serious health issue had come up, this news is very upsetting.
I'm sure she wouldn't mind if I shared with you folks a portion of a communication she sent me back in March
I have moved some too. Here is a picture of my hometown in Sweden - Halmstad. The city is famous for its golf and beaches.
From there I moved to Copenhagen, to New York back to Copenhagen, got married and moved to Zürich and from there to Boston and then we ended up in Germany.
My husband studied theology and later psychology and ended up as psychoanalyst. Yes he also wrote some books.
Here in Germany there are so many rules and regulations and one is that after 65 he would be too old to work as a psychoanalist. But he was not too old to have a few private clients, nor was he too old for golfing or teaching English at the university. He passed away five years ago.
About the same time he retired I go a chance to work for Berlitz teaching Swedish and Danish. I said yes right away. It is very irregular - only when someone wants to move the Sweden or Denmark. It is fun as I as a rule only have one or two students on a private basis. It means I can teach the way they like and support their interests.
I have done this now for almost two decades and still have a chance now and then. Got back from teaching by Berlin yesterday. That I can continue like this means that either there is not anyone else available or Berlitz has no age discrimination and thinks I am still good enough.
I am content living in Germany, my daughter lives in GB. At the moment we - at least not I - do not worriy too much or rather not at all regarding Brexit. How can GB throw out about three million EU citizens.?
Juncker - the alcoholic from Brussels - said a few weeks ago, that EU should treat GB as tough as possible as a warning to other EU countries not to leave EU. A couple of days later he talks about continue the talks for Turkey to get into EU.
I try to spend a few weeks in Sweden every summer as we have a summercabin there by the ocean. It is nice.
We both loved books. Here's another letter from her which I found delightful
There are a few philosophy books around here - belonged to the intelectual part of the family - wanted to see if there was a book by Durant. None. I would probably not have read the book, but to glance at it, is something else.
Here are far too many books ( is that possible?) in this house. My daughter wanted two bookcases and the others are full. So I piled the books on the floor. Looked really strange. One of the windows in the kitchen is very drafty - so drafty it is like it is open. So I put some books there to keep out the draft. The reaction from people getting into my kitchen was really suprising.
That looks cosy - How pratical just to sit in the kitchen and choose a book - An intelectual kitchen - I like it.
The result is that now I have books in several windows.One for philosophy, and in another psychology and then theology and history. Plus I given away many to people being interested in these subjects. I have not read those books.
In the kitchen I have now books written by people we know/have known, ancestors, friends and my husband.