Oh it’s been a busy few months! I feel like I am emerging from hibernation/maternity leave, and spring arrived just in time. Here’s what’s been happening…
Fastelavn…oh, the strange little holiday that comes in February. The closest descriptor for Fastelavn is Carnival, a big party before Lent starts. So the Sunday before Ash Wednesday, children dress up in costumes and bash a wooden barrel (like a piñata). Traditionally, the barrel had a live cat (!) in it, and whoever broke the barrel and let the cat out ‘won’. Hmm. Thankfully, nowadays they just sell cardboard barrels with pictures of cats on them. So the stores are filled with dress-up costumes, and G had a costume day at school. Now, my boy is not one to dress up but I told him about it and suggested he could wear his Halloween costume (he was Jordan Speith 😉 ). And he emphatically said “no mama, I’m going to be a Batman”. Whaaa? Commence my panic to find a Batman costume. ‘Just look online’, you say…but that’s not how it works. I did find one online, and had it shipped to the store and I thought it would be there the next day. Oh no. It ships to the store with 2-5 business days and then you can pick it up. It ships to your house in the same 2-5 business days. Not helpful when your kid tells you on Wednesday that he wants to be Batman Friday. So I managed to find a costume, bring it home and he staunchly refuses to wear it. Ugh. I sent it in Friday morning, guilt-ridden that if I didn’t, he’d be the only one without a costume. Well go figure, he put the cape on the minute he got to school.
Well, didn’t he win the barrel bashing and be the kattekonge (cat king)? He knocked down the barrel, and his classmate broke the bottom out so she was the kattedronning (cat queen). Needless to say, he loved it!
Another big happening was the Grand Opening of the school. While we have been attending the new campus since January, there was an official ceremony in early March. This was a very big deal, and was attended by the Board, local politicians and Her Royal Highness, Princess Benedikte, sister of the Queen. Apparently, the Royal Family is quite involved with opening the International schools throughout Denmark, and Princess Benedikte was also present at the opening of a new building at the old campus. So about a week before the opening, G’s teacher pulls me aside and tells me the G has been chosen (along with another little girl) to present the Princess with flowers, would that be ok? OF COURSE!!!!!! So the day comes, we had been telling him about meeting her and giving her flowers and we get him all dressed up for the big event. Well, we didn’t prepare him for the swarm of photographers that were present and our little guy got a little overwhelmed. So he hid behind The Hubs, but what can you do? He was none the worse for wear though.
And lastly, we had our 1 year Denmark Anniversary in February! I still can’t quite believe we are here. So much has changed over the last year, but I continue to believe we made the right decision in coming here. Of course we miss our families and friends, but we are thrilled to have this opportunity.