Sweden, kids and apple trees

Sometimes it looks like my itchy feet open doors for more traveling even when money is scarce. But it is really friends that are crucial in sailing the seas of nomadic life. Of course, a good pinch of adventure salt is necessary to spice up every round of this game called life.

So here I am in Sweden! I am trying to help my friend in taking care of two little girls, and to help myself to move on with some mini income to start with. I am not sure I if this is going to work. Being used to child free life is something that I never thought of as being neither a huge advantage nor disadvantage, but now I see it’s both.

Having some time during the day when you don’t have to do anything for anybody else but yourself seems like heaven now, for example. Being able to go out of the house without any hustle  is also something I never thought of as an amazing achievement. Or eating in peace, with no interruptions and no traces of food wherever you look at! Or living in the scream-free soundscape? How awesome is that?!

On the other side, that sea of affection that only kids can generate is so adorably gorgeous and addictive! That little morning smile which ignites the sun, a hug that makes you feel there is nothing but here and now — so heartwarming, so making you wish you never thought of the child free life as being advantageous.

Yet, a degree of freedom irreversibly lost due to taking care of children is immense, even in Sweden. Guess why my blog posts are behind its schedule?!

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The point I wanted to make in this mini post is that before this adventure I thought that having kids is OK, as well as not having them. Now, it think that having children is not OK, it is absolutely brilliant, as well as it is fantastic not to have them! Sharing though a bit of joys of those two galaxies is what I see as ideal.

As of Sweden and Gothenburg, I haven’t seen much of it yet. My biggest impression so far are beautiful skies and apple trees. In this neighborhood where we are, apple trees are literally everywhere, beautiful, loving, lush and generous. Just as mummies and nannies need to be.

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This week’s book inspiration is a picture book The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.

For those of you who prefer reading you can find a free text here, for those who prefer watching you can watch an animated version here or another one here (for more adventurous folks with regards to languages).

 

Please note that all photos on this blog belong to my personal collection with all rights reserved. If you are interested in licensing some of them, please get in touch.

7 thoughts on “Sweden, kids and apple trees

      • I think it is definitely the people I met. I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and since the church was in Malmö (where I was studying at the time) I was able to meet a lot of people. It felt like a second family which was perfect! Also I loved the way of life — the fact that I’d see old women cycling on Sunday mornings, that there were separate roads for bikes, how everything was super-organised. And the library was so impressive! I’m from Jamaica so being in Sweden — my first and only taste of Europe so far — was so exhilarating, even with that bone-chilling cold.

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      • Hey, hello to Jamaica! Thanks for sharing this. Glad you have nice memories of Sweden and hope you’ll visit soon some other bits of Europe too. And I hope I’ll visit Jamaica sometime 🙂 Greetings from London

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