Sunday, September 16, 2007

Open Letters

We've been here a month and it's starting to settle in that this isn't just a really long vacation. With the overarching message being "I miss you all," a few letters:

Dear Mom,

You’d really like the coffee here. We were told at the Fulbright orientation that Danes like their coffee “strong and often” and it made me think of you. I finally found the seconds bin at Royal Copenhagen. Rather than a single coffee mug costing $80, it’s discounted to $40 as a second.


Dear Monday night group (the Bible study we belonged to for five years),

Monday nights just aren’t the same without you all and Angela’s soups. We have the picture you gave us from our going away party in a prominent place in our living room. It’s even more special because somehow it is the only picture we brought with us from the states. We’re praying for you all.

Dear Guinever and Elizabeth,

A church friend of mine here who has been feeding me information about the Danish maternity system told me last week that you can opt to have a home birth if you’d rather not have your baby in the hospital or birthing center. The midwife will come to your house, set up a tub and help you birth your baby; all on the Danish government’s dime! Can you imagine? It was such a sharp contrast to it being practically illegal to have a home birth back home. Guinever, are you sure you don’t want to come to Denmark in February to be my doula again?

Dear Cooking Club,

Michael is making Uncle Ricky’s Texas Chili tonight with ground pork since it’s so cheap here. I cooked a traditional Danish dish with ground veal this week. I felt guilty about the baby cow but, wow, that is tender meat. I ran across a soup recipe that needed a chinois strainer for the preparation. Another cooking instrument that I’ve only known Phil to own. ;)

Dear Doherty,

Can you believe that UK v. UofL game???

Love to all,


Karen said...


We must be thinking along the same lines - we made chili this weekend as well, to celebrate the advent of autumn! It was the first chili of the season, complete with football on the side. ;) We certainly miss you guys and will be thinking of you next weekend when we meet!

Rebekah said...

We miss you guys too! Be sure to update the Cooking Club blog so we can see what you guys are up to!

Rachel said...

Dude, I so wish I had time to cook these days. Look me up on the Geneva website and check out my hobbies thanks to RCC!