In 2001 I met my future husband during a trip to the magical island of Bali. Him being from New York City and me being from Amsterdam didn’t seem to stop our love.
In our first year of being a long distance couple, he sent me a chinese proverb, beautifully framed, saying:
” Distance does for love what the wind does for a flame.
It extinguishes the weak and feeds the strong.”
Then after 4 years of living in two different countries, we finally got married and I left for the United States of America.
Saying goodbye to friends… and reuniting!
Sailina and me december 2009
When I left Amsterdam, I said goodbye to three of my dearest friends. I did so with pain in my heart. For the first couple of years of being away from them, I was not able to think about them without crying a little bit.
Me, Cartoony and Wally in 2001
What fun and loving memories I have with my girls… Many nights of partying, many days of sharing good good times, and many moments of love we shared.
We helped each other carry on when things got tough, we would hold each other’s hand when things got scary.
And then in 2005, they let me go and respected my wish of being with the love of my life.
Back then my future husband sent me that chinese proverb. And now this same chinese proverb applies to me and my girls…
As for knitting
I haven’t been knitting at all for the past week! Instead I have been scouting the cute little stores in downtown Amsterdam for inspiring materials.
One of the stores where I spent many hours and dropped many euros as well, is the button store owned by the fabulous Thea de Boer:
I just went crazy in that store. I couldn’t contain myself. And I loved every minute of it!
You really have to check out her website, and of course visit her when you are in Amsterdam.
Thea’s button collection is simply FABULOUS!
That’s it for today… Thanks for reading and until the next entry.