Skip to main content

Remembering


While gathering some notes about my late grandfather to help process his passing, I was surprised that I hadn't blogged about my trip to Budapest with my grandparents and older brother back in 2007. That was my first year of blogging when I was pretty regular. There's just a gap during those dates. But, it was a great vacation, so I'm glad I spent the time enjoying myself and their company.

Trying out some local goulash, perhaps?

Cow sculptures in  Budapest


With my bro and grandmother
I was way more creative about photography back then!
 Came out kind of ominous, though.
Sibling room service! Back when we were both single...

10 years seems like a long time ago, but my grandfather hasn't been well for the past 5-6 years, so that was one of the last more active adventures. It was so nice that they made it to our wedding though in 2011!

I want to go back and think of some childhood memories.

In the meantime, I was thinking about how it can be an odd feeling when someone dies whom you don't see very often. Since I don't tend to make it to funerals due to living abroad, I don't have that final goodbye...and what is sometimes a final gathering with that exact group of people. Daily life doesn't really feel any different, but somewhere deep down there is the knowledge that you won't see that person again in this life...and that his/her earthly suffering is over.

Comments

  1. Emily, So sorry to hear of the passing of your grandfather. Your post today explains the picture that Emily posted earlier on Instagram.
    May the memories of the times you spent with him help to ease your sorrow and sadness. I will be praying for you and all of your family.
    Heather (Miner) Dandy

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Heather! As you may recall this was my mother's stepfather, and her father (also remarried) had passed away a few years ago.

      Delete
    2. Thanks for clarifying that Elizabeth. I thought that was your mom's stepfather from the picture. I knew that her dad had passed a few years ago. I sent her a card, which she sent on to Netta and I got a very nice note from Netta.

      Delete
  2. I am very sorry for your loss.

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Just added word verification to reduce spam. Nothing personal!

You’re welcome to leave a link to your own blog here if it's relevant to this blog.

Please make sure that your comments are 1) relevant and 2) respectful (i.e. no cuss words, attacks on individuals).

Popular posts from this blog

Movie theater triggers

Summer always has a special feeling in the air. In St. Petersburg, of course, it stays light until close to midnight nowadays.

David's workshops are over, so he is on "vacation," resting from all his hard work. ;)

Andrei's workload fluctuates. Lately we've been having guests several times a week, so it feels busy even though Andrei is working fewer days. And the summer will probably fly by!

Since Saturdays are free now, Andrei and David (almost 6) went to the movies this weekend. And they let ME come, too! My in-laws stayed home with Sophia (almost 2). We don't often do this type of configuration because David is so attached to his grandparents. But he was okay with leaving with us as long as he knew he could play with them afterwards.

It was my first time in a movie theater since The Fire at Kemerovo a few months ago. I wouldn't really say I was nervous, just more aware. Probably the way Americans might have felt after the Aurora shooting. I looked arou…

Towards a bilingual education

Andrei and I argued about bilingualism years before we even started dating.

He wasn't convinced true bilingualism was really possible, and I was determined to have a bilingual child in order to prove him wrong. I don't think I actually expected that we would marry each other, but I guess the thought of cross-cultural marriage didn't seem so far-fetched.

Of course, I'm oversimplifying the discussion. Here are some of the issues we argued about:

-Young children will get the two (or more) languages mixed up. I've seen clear evidence to this NOT being the case. Kids do mingle languages, but this happens when they either are missing a vocabulary word in one language, or a word is just easier to say in one of the languages. There's a more scientific way to say this, but basically it's selective, not a moment of confusion.

Although our kids insert the "other" language into their speech sometimes, they also have no problem distinguishing between the two.…

Bureaucracy update- Part 1

Currently compiling Russian visa applications for my kids. It feels way more relaxed than with a newborn (apparently I never told that story on here), but as always there are plenty of roadblocks.

I never posted about it, but in February we did a border run to Finland, and in the spring we also met with an immigration lawyer who said the kids could be added to my residency permit. So early one morning we dragged the kids out of bed, and set off for the Immigration Dept...Sophia threw up in the taxi...and it turned out the lawyer had been wrong. Technically, there is a by-law that lets you glue photos of your kids in your residency card (I have pages for it), but it's merely a formality to link you with them. The kids need separate residency permits.

So our options remained:

-keep doing visas every 3 years,
-get the kids their own residence permits, or
-apply for Russian citizenship

The visas are pricey and not the best long-term option, and we're not sure we want to get them …