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Miracles – Tis a Gift to be Simple

Miracles – Tis a Gift to be Simple
Simple miracles, I have learned from family survivors of World War II, are actually magnificent miracles. (be sure to keep reading to the end forJewel’s rendition of  Tis a Gift to Be Simple) To have enough food, loving fellowship (gezelligheid), safety, time in nature, all of these are the gift of simplicity. Each is a miracle in its own right. My mother, Bouk de Vries Jobsis, tells this family story about the magnificent miracles and simplicity…. As an only child in the war years, she would sometimes visit some of the large families of her aunts and uncles, sitting with her many...
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Homecoming – Heimwee, Comfort Food, Comfort People

Homecoming – Heimwee, Comfort Food, Comfort People
  The Taste of War: World War Two and the Battle for Food by Lizzie Collingham “How can one imagine not being hungry?”  Primo Levi asks in his account of his experiences at Auschwitz. The camp “is hunger: we ourselves are hunger, living hunger”. According to Lizzie Collingham’s ambitious new book, the whole second world war was hunger.   “Is there more?” Papa at each and every meal for a long, long time   My favorite definition of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is: PTSD is a normal reaction to an abnormal situation.* This is a gentle, yet...
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30 Days of Light – Reflecting Love

30 Days of Light – Reflecting Love
Babies and parents mirror love. Mommy makes a silly smiley face and says “Ahhh..boo!” and baby answers, “Ahhh…boo!”  and smiles back.     Daddy moves his head from side to side and grins, baby does too.                 As adults we still do this. My husband will go out on an overcast day of misty rain, when LIGHT is beginning to break through the clouds, and he says what I usually say, he is mirroring. It’s my version of “Ahhhhh…boo!” What he says is, “Ah, this weather reminds me of when I...
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Sweetness after Trauma 4, Coveralls

Sweetness after Trauma 4, Coveralls
Changes – Abadan Iran, preschool. Garden and play with Mammie. Sister Anna Mechtelina Jobsis born. Pappie makes us pancakes. Drawing with Pappie.  Abadan, Iran first grade, sing Christmas carols in Dutch and English with Dutch, British, American kids. Travels in the desert to Kuwait, jeeps stuck in sand. Sinterklaas Santa Claus, comes from Holland to Iran. Live in small Abadan neighborhood, walk to the neighbor’s houses, play with the kids. We have servants, all the families do. Wish I could pull out a set of my front teeth the way Abdul does. Make mud animals with Abdul, Mammie lets us...
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