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21 October 2006

A Little More Family History


Here is a bit more of my family history, beginning with my parents' marriage.My parents were married in September 1958, in Ede. Because of the housing situation and job shortages, two weeks later, they were on the converted troopship, the "Zuiderkruis" (the "Southern Cross.) At that time, Canada had very desirable job opportunities for the Dutch, and many people emigrated to Canada. They then took a train all the way across Canada, and ended up in Victoria, BC. My older sister and I were born there (I have dual Dutch-Canadian citizenship.) We then returned to Holland and lived in Kraggenburg (our house is picture on the left), which was a brand new town on reclaimed polder land. My younger sister was born there. Jobs and housing again became an issue, and my dad found a job in Wyoming, so after two years in Holland, we again picked up everything and moved just outside Sheridan. My mother says my older sister and I went to neighboring farms and spoke Dutch, and nobody knew what to do with us.We went on vacation to Vancouver, BC, and my parents really liked the area. He was able to find a job at the University of Washington, and so, with my mother pregnant with my brother, we drove from Sheridan to Washington State. I learned English in Kindergarten (I missed all my playtime) and have lived in the area ever since.This is probably way too much information, but, if you miraculously need anymore, please do ask!

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Blogger Lizza said...

Okay, why does this post have a "Halloween" label? :-D

Did you manage to teach anyone how to speak Dutch when you were growing up? I enjoy reading your family history posts. Hope to read a lot more.

21 October, 2006 22:44  
Blogger Kara said...

I KNEW you were a foreignor! Something in your demeanor gave it away. Now I don't know what to do with this information.

22 October, 2006 19:37  
Blogger INAMINI said...

lizza- good eye- that label was from a rejected post. I have tried to teach some people Dutch, but it ain't easy. The pronunciation can be a bitch!
Is English your primary language? You write very beautifully!

Now Kara- How could you possibly know? What IS my demeanor anyway? Huh? Huh?

23 October, 2006 12:37  
Blogger Lizza said...

I grew up watching Sesame Street and The Electric Company. :-D And being a bookworm helped a lot, too.

I took some language lessons many years ago and the hardest language for me was German. It's similar to Dutch, isn't it? Except Dutch words are harder to pronounce!

24 October, 2006 01:48  

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