A couple of years back a gang of Swedish ladies with young children started to meet up. The main purpose was to sing traditional Swedish nursery rhymes with our bilingual children. To keep the Swedish going and support each other, because for anyone out there with bilingual children, you know what I am talking about…it is bloody hard! I struggle so much to speak only Swedish with Stina and even Lovisa who does not even answer me back yet. It comes and goes in periods but sometimes I feel a genuine heartache when Stina tells me to read a Swedish story in English instead so she can understand it. The support from other people in the same situation is great to have around, to get some tips and ideas. Richard understand more Swedish than I think he does and he uses a lot of Swedish words at home which is great and helpful.
This Summer we are heading home for almost all of August and the main reason for a long holiday at home is for Stina and Lovisa to be surrounded by Swedish. Of course to spend time with family and friends and get lots of inspiration for the shop but mostly the language. Now these days I guess these lovely sing gatherings is more about the mums drinking LOTS of coffee and gossiping but at least it is in Swedish. We still sing but maybe not as much as we did in the beginning. Sadly not everyone are able to make it these days (myself included). We all work and have busy lifestyles. But I hope after the Summer holidays we will work a bit harder to meet up more often.
Last Midsummer my friend Linda and her husband Craig invited us all to a Swedish/Scottish Midsummer and it was such a hit they invited us all again this year (believe it will be a new tradition). Truly amazing, they have done such a great job. A Maypole, Swedish food, BBQ, Strawberry cake and dance.
Last year I missed the dance since I had hidden somewhere to feed the then two month old baby, but this year she happily joined in and it was great fun. Sadly not as many Swedes this year, but still lovely to catch up with those who made it.
Ate a little bit too much of the Swedish Midsummer food, so skipped the BBQ to save space for the cake and coffee instead. I do hope all of you enjoyed this Midsummer and I hope rest of the Summer will be warm and happy!