Posted by Janneke in Homesick-Heimwee, Thirty Days of Light
on Nov 25th, 2011 | 0 comments
Yesterday I shared how as a child-immigrant I felt and thought, a mixture of sorrow, anger and nobody understands me. I was also an invisible immigrant. Until I opened my mouth, and spoke American with a Dutch accident, I seemed just like other children. I was also an immigrant seeking gratitude for reasons much different than refugee-immigrants. My father, mother, younger sister and I, had left a country, The Netherlands (Nederland, Holland), which actually had a tradition of offering liberty and freedom to others. For instance the Dutch gave the Pilgrims religious freedom and shelter while awaiting...
Posted by Janneke in Homesick-Heimwee, Thirty Days of Light, Uncategorized, War's Family
on Nov 24th, 2011 | 0 comments
Do you struggle with gratitude?
I sure do.
I have haaated the topic. I have NOT wanted to have an attitude of gratitude. Even in elementary school I was a seven year old gratitude curmudgeon.
You know the drill in elementary school. The teacher has you make a list. Every child is grateful for their mom, dad, the rest of the family, being born in a free country like America.
And that’s where my seven year old self cynically coughed up toad-thoughts. I thought I couldn’t’ tell my teacher and class mates. : I wasn’t born in America. I was born in The Netherlands. Holland was...
Posted by Janneke in Thirty Days of Light, Trauma-Healing, War's Family
on Nov 22nd, 2011 | 0 comments
there is no mention, all over the internet, about how Dutch families celebrate their first Thanksgivings in the U.S.. Nor is there mention how Thanksgiving feasts evolved for Dutch immigrant families over the years. So it is up to me to enlighten you about one
Dutch family, the Jobsis-DeVries (later Brown family too).
There are plenty of internet links to Thanksgiving celebrations IN the Netherlands, as well as international Thanksgiving celebrations IN the U.S., be sure to check those out at the end of this post. However, here is our Thanksgiving story.
Our first independent...