I just had to say hello to you. My grandparents and mother were born in Tonsberg, Norway. Grandpa had been in the Merchant Marines for years. The plan was for him to come to America and earn money. After two years, he would send for my grandma, mom and aunt. After about six months, Grandma missed him too much, so she packed things up and set sail for America. They arrived here in 1923, when my mom was three years old. Grandpa worked as a carpenter, and they would take an ocean liner back to Norway once every five years to visit a very large family. Grandma taught me how to needlepoint, and I love to do hardanger. Hubby will tell you I am a stubborn Norwegian.
Hah – sometimes it pays to read “old” messages !
I just had to say hello to you. My grandparents and mother were born in Tonsberg, Norway
I live some 100 km south of Tønsberg – but in a much smaller town.
(My aunt is still living there). Both towns are summer-resort and they came in 2. and third while the Norwegian pop. did vote to find THE
So – did your grandparents teach you any Norwegian ?
Here’s a map . Risør – My home town – is just above the j in “Evje”
No, my grandparents did not teach me any Norwegian. They used some phrases for come and eat, I love you, Uff Da, Uff Da me.
It has been fun to go through my mom’s belongings, though. We packed up her house over a year ago, and she is living in an assisted living apartment in the next town from us. So there are some table runners with Norwegian colors, several Hardanger dresser scarves, silver spoons, and other Norwegian treasures. I will offer things to my sister, but will keep what she doesn’t want. Fortunately, that hideous troll is something Mom has at her apartment, and my niece will get that when Mom is through with it. I hate it. Now, if only I could find someone who wants that mushroom lamp. Yuck.
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