Nurturing Thursday: A tale of simple life

I am going to share a story, a real one which I heard today.

Yesterday a young boy celebrated his birthday. Everyone was busy during day so the family decided to meet in the evening. Being young and energetic he lives alone in his own house very close to city centre. He has a small garden where he grows potatoes. I have heard this many times, Norwegians are very fond of potatoes but growing potatoes in city centre surprised me. Anyways every year he uses the home grown potatoes for Christmas dinner. I am impressed. Are you not?

During the family gathering on 17th of May,  the Norwegian national day, someone asked about what present he would like for his birthday. He made a joke and said I always wanted to have a steam engine (dampmaskin på norsk) and yes some eye brows were raised.

One family member decided to look for it secretly and he found a fantastic model of a steam engine in a hobby shop.

I used internet to learn more about the reason for this fascination. If you have 4.51 minutes to spare, do watch this.

I must say, I like this promotional short film. Looks like so much fun if one is interested in mechanical work.

Now back to the story, the young boy made Bergen’s famous “hvit dame kake”, it’s a very  traditional kake for any kind of celebration. Hopefully the picture (from internet) gives you some idea. It’s marzipan cake with layers of cream and jam.

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He also made hot chocolate for everyone, not cocoa but traditional hot chocolate.

Hero of our story was very happy meeting his family and he liked the gifts including “dampmaskin” very much.  What a great way to celebrate one’s 96th birthday. To make cake and hot chocolate for the kids (now in 60’s and 70’s ) and for grand kids in their 40’s.

The boys sat and discussed about various parts of the steam engine, including the motor and the extension where a woodcutter is in action as an application.

I am sure he will have good time with this new activity in coming days.

Hobbies make us happy – so ignore the mockery and enjoy!!!

For Becca’s Nurturing Thursday!

PS. This 96 year old boy keeps a 180 days bus pass as it is much cheaper than buying ticket everyday when he goes to cafe to meet his friends.

Monday Message

Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful ~Albert Schweitzer

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Many are travelers.

Many are believers.

Still,

Buy and support small vendors,

outside temples, churches or any other religious places.

It’s not about the belief but

helping hard working individuals,

to live with dignity.

-Rupali

She is Brave!

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Autumn came very early in her life.

A question she asks her herself,

where is the spring gone?

There are millions of guys around the world

not just one suitable for her!

One day magic happens,

she realized she is far more lucky than millions of souls.

She does not find happiness. That’s true!

Yet can she be reason of someone’s happiness!

She is brave. She found her own light.

Be your own light!

My entry for today’s prompt

Nurturing Thursday: Treasure little moments of life

Lose not yourself in a far off time, seize the moment that is thine ~Friedrich Schiller

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An incidence from a Med school-

In a lecture, one day epidemiology Professor discussed some published articles on cardiovascular diseases (diseases involved heart or blood vessels). There had been good discussion and the lecture was over. After the lecture student gathered near a young boy and asked him, ” by any chance is the first author related to you”? The boy who thought no one would have noticed, got a smile on his face. For a society where ones background is not usually discussed apart from being in a very close group this was an awe moment. So with a shy smile on his face he answered, “well … she is my mom”. The others smiled with wow on their faces. The day then continued as ususal.

Next day the boy told about the whole episode to his mom with the same lovely smile. It was not a big award but this small incidence put smiles on so many faces and it helped in mother-son bonding. It was one of the best moments for the mom as well, getting appreciated from your offspring is a rare event.

These little moments are real treasures :).  Enjoy small treasures in your life while you are busy solving “big” problems in life. This is my contribution to Becca’s 250th Nurturing Thursday.

P.S. The second part of incidence happened in my kitchen 🙂

 

 

 

Nurturing Thursday: Within

Every day I travel to my work and as it is not a five-minute journey, I prefer to read. These days I am reading “Siddhartha” written by Hermann Hesse.

In 1919 Hesse claimed: “What we can and should change is ourselves: our impatience, our egoism (spiritual egoism too), our sense of hurt, our lack of love and forbearance. Any other change in the world, even when done for the best intentions, I consider as useless.”

This is my contribution to Becca’s Nurturing Thursday for the week.