The final goodbye
was pronounced today
The difficult one
The hardest to say
I wish I could look
into your eyes
and see you
one more time
And meeting your
I wish I could call you
but you won’t be there
We lost an uncle
and a friend
And heaven gained an angel
The worst part of
saying that final goodbye
is that it is so definitive
So entirely The end
Ellen Gill Johannessen
Yesterday my first book was sent to print! I’m so excited! Since the day in June I got the letter from the publishing house I’ve been in a surreal and dreamy state of mind, whenever I’ve been thinking of the book. And now, the manuscript is finished, corrected and displayed, and sent to printing.
My book is a book of poems, all stating something about life and feelings, and it has now the title “3898 ord om livet” which can translate to “3898 words of life.” My poems are about the many processes we go through living our lives.
To make the cover, I asked my very best friend to put on a nice pair of shoes and walk for me. Taking photos of her legs in the woods of Sweden was a funny experience. It was cold and windy, but I. was the perfect top model, and worked those shoes. When talking to the designer from the publisher, I asked if I could get a light green background. The result is actually so good; a great part of my dream came through when I saw the book cover.
You’ll hear more about my book when it comes from the print house, in about six weeks’ time. Until then; I’m still surfing on my happy wave on my way to reach my dream.
I’ve spent some days in Sweden, meeting up with some very good friends of mine. Saturday we celebrated Anita’s birthday by visiting beautiful Bjertorp Castle, north of Gothenburg.
When we entered the castle, I almost expected to meet Mrs Hyacinth Bucket, from “Keeping up the appearance”. She was not there, but Mr.Bear greeted us welcome, and was highly appreciated by the children.
The castle has extraordinary surroundings and the garden was so beautiful. After the two hour car drive, it was good for all of us to take a stroll, and enjoy the first day of autumn in these royal frames.
We then proceeded with the birthday celebration, and enjoyed the traditional English afternoon tea, provided by the restaurant at Bjertorp castle.
Just a week ago, a film producing company wrapped up their work on the big screen movie “Hotell” using Bjertorp castle as their location. After spending Saturday afternoon here, we are all looking forward to see the film. And we might go back to visit the castle in December. Imagine the sight of the garden area covered with snow, and the inside of the castle decorated for Christmas!
Thursday I continued my act of kindness project and wrote ten postcards to relatives all around the world. I also made a commitment to drive a neighbour to the grocery store, until her car is returned.
Friday I returned to my all-in-one services as driver/personal shopper/ personal secretary/ garden help and advicer for my Dad 🙂
Friday night I went with a friend to her friend’s birthday party. It turned out to be a real psychedelic experience, but I’m glad I went with my friend, and we shared a good time.
No kind action ever stops with itself. One kind action leads to another. Good example is followed. A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves.