Sunday, April 15, 2007

Discovering My Roots

Preparing once again to send in my paperwork for the Ballet Magnficat! Summer Dance Intensive, I realized that they had asked the same question in the short biographical sketch: "If you could go one place in the world, where would you go, and what would you do?" Not wanting to give the same exact answer I gave last year, I thought of 2 other countries I'd like to visit instead. Armed again with the handy World Book Encyclopedias, I wrote the following:

If I had the opportunity, two of the places I'd enjoy visiting would be the countries of Sweden and Norway. Because I am part Swedish, Norwegian, and Finnish, I'd enjoy the opportunity to go to the countries of my ancestors, exploring the places from which I get my roots. Traversing the high mountains, soft lowlands, and icy seas, I'd breath in the beauty of God's handiwork displayed. I'd climb the tall, rocky mountains, and get get a glimpse of the land, lakes, and dense forests stretched out for miles. Descending into the lowlands, I'd travel the rolling hills, visit the beautiful farmland, and splash in the clear, cool lakes. I'd then take a trip to the edges of Norway, and see all the fiords that make up the jagged coast land.

My trip wouldn't be complete without visiting with the people of Scandinavia. From the tall, fair skinned, blue-eyed Swedes, to the Lapps of Northern Sweden and Norway, I'd get to know the people from whom I get my heritage. I'd delight in hearing the speech similar to the “Ya sure,” and “You bet 'cha!” expressions of my Grandma Nordholm. The brightly-colored, cheerful clothing of the Lapps, and the old-fashioned, full dress of the others, worn at festivals and holidays, would enthrall me. I'd probably begin thinking of how I could make a Swedish dress of my own! I'd also consult the women of the land, asking them to teach me how to braid my own hair on top of my head – and actually get it to stay! Once I learned, I'd delight in weaving a crown of my own with my long, straight hair.

I'd wander through the cozy, quaint villages of the old country and try the food of an authentic smorgasbord. If it was December, I'd celebrate with them St. Lucia Day, the Festival of Light, dressed like the other girls in a long white dress and crown of evergreen leaves. If it was June instead, I'd dance with them around the Maypoles in celebration of Midsummer's Eve. I'd probably also visit at least one of the many Lutheran churches dotting the countryside, bringing to mind the churches of my parents and grandparents. In all my sojourns, I'd seek to bring the light of Christ to the Land of the Midnight Sun.

What about you? Where would you go, if you could go anywhere in the world?


thepatriot said...

Iraq!!! I wonder what the Ballet Magnificat! staff will think of that... :)

Elijah Lofgren said...

Beautiful post Anna!

Here is where I would want to go:


And that's my plan in 3 weeks!!! :)

Love and miss you Anna,


Anna S said...

Discovering your roots is a powerful thing. I experienced it a few years ago, when I visited the area in Transylvania where my grandmother's family lived before World War II. It was so different from what I'm used to, but I felt strangely at home. The people there thought I'm local and tried to speak Hungarian and Romanian to me. :)

Anna Naomi said...

Jennifer: That's neat!

Elijah: I can't wait until you come home! I love and miss you as well!

Anna S: How neat that you got to discover your roots! That must have been really cool!

Ella said...

Hmmm....I am not sure. My dream is to go to Washingon D.C., for I long to see evidence of America being, at one time, a God-centered nation.

However, in the world, I would love to go to the U.K. Most of my ancestral roots are from there, and I do love Jane Austen novels, tea, and regency dresses:-)

Mandy Grace said...

Hmm, that is a tough question. I think my top two would be France because I learned so much French in school and Portugal because that is where some of my roots are from. :-)

Miriam Rebekah said...

Well, if I followed my roots, I'd probably end up in Ireland (a place I've longed to visit for some time!). I want to go and listen to their lilting language.

Very creatively written, Anna!

Elijah, I know you can't wait to come home and that's a good thing.

Robert said...

Since I have been watching several Jane Austen movies lately,I would like to visit England and see the area's where the films were made.

I would also like to visit P.E.I. which is the home of Anne of green Gables.Even though it's in my country,It's far away as it's on the opposite coast to where I live.

My ancestral roots are in England and Scotland.

Anna Naomi said...

I'm enjoying reading all of your responses! It's fun to hear about where each of you would like to go.

Ella: Yes, Washington D.C. would be interesting. I've seen reports on all the mentions of God there, that are often somewhat hidden. England would be a fun place as well!

Mandy Grace: I too am learning French, and France would definitely be pretty! My parents and 3 of my siblings have had layovers there on the way to Africa, so I've heard about the Eiffel Tower and everything - sounds neat!

Ireland would fun as well, Miriam! I've always liked lilting accents, which is why I wrote on Scotland last year.

Robert, Daddy's always joked and said he'll take me to P.E.I. one day, to "prove" to me that Anne of Green Gables was real, by showing me her house. I just smile... I'd enjoy visiting it anyhow!

God has made so many amazing places!

Maria said...

I want to see the lavander fields of France in person someday. Here is a link to a photo:

Your oldest sister,

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Anna Naomi said...

Maria, that picture is so beautiful! Thanks for linking to it. Yes, it would be lovely to see that in person!

Amanda, thanks for the award! =)

Anonymous said...

Okay, so I'm poking around in your archives, but this made me laugh. :D Perhaps you are thinking more Swedish (I can't imagine why).

Maybe I do need to post a bit of Norwegian? Then you could hear how that sounds.

But really, if you are ever headed off to Norway, let me know, and I might just show up and give you an inside tour.

As for me, I would love to see Ireland and Iceland as I believe those to be beautiful countries.

Maria Pauline