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Reply #33: I was not offended at all. One of my greatest regrets is that I do not know how to speak Norwegian. [View All]

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scarletwoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-25-11 08:31 PM
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33. I was not offended at all. One of my greatest regrets is that I do not know how to speak Norwegian.
Even though my grandparents could still speak it, they did not pass it down to their children, and so I did not learn it either. I wish very much that I could speak with you in your own language, instead of you having to always speak in mine. You do very well in this language that is not your own, and I am very sorry that I cannot reciprocate.

Some of my happiest memories from childhood were the big family reunions when all of us great-grandchildren and cousins and aunts and uncles would all gather together where our Norwegian ancestors first settled in Minnesota.

No one in my family got rich, but they survived and raised children and kept their pride in their heritage from the Old Country. Some of my extended family have traveled back to Norway to visit and have kept in touch with distant relatives who remained there.

I know about the history of the poverty in Norway when my great-grandparents came over here. It was no easy life here, either, but just being able to settle on their own piece of farmland was a major improvement for them. We are a family of peasants. :)

I am so glad you come to DU and post your thoughts. If I ever do travel to Norway, I will be sure to tell you that I am coming. :D

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