Stayed on board today. Choosing to restore myself rather than revisit my Viking relative’s past in Aalborg, Denmark. The city, 4th largest in Denmark, was founded by the Vikings in the late 900s.
The day began with rain, then settled into the gift of a dull day. No fast paced schedules to follow, deadlines to meet, steps to climb, nor cobblestones to wobble. Just calm. I relished time for reading, writing and ‘rithmatic, as in taking stock of what’s been spent and what remains to be saved, invested or even squandered for Love and Life.
Tonight, Stan, Judy and I will gather for the Port Talk on Stavanger, Norway, our next port of call. I’m quite sure they will not have done as I, so will bring along my pen and journal to take notes on them and what they learned trekking around Aalborg and attending lectures I’ve bypassed.
As I write, the ship’s rocking back and forth more than usual and I’m grateful for Finland. Strange? Not when you know they build the stabilizers that help balance ships, like these. Less tippy. Did I just hear Jud laugh?
Yesterday in Copenhagen, I remained on the bus with the driver,Niels, while others left for a 15 minute photo op. Niels, a grandfather, told me about growing up playing with Legos (Danish invention), then with his children and now, the grandchildren. He asked me about my connection to Denmark. I said, “My maiden name was Jensen. My father’s roots were in Denmark. I added, “but I’m no relation to Georg Jensen, the famous jeweler.”
Somehow that evolved into my last visit to Denmark in 2007, when my wedding band and other jewelry were stolen in Copenhagen. Niels waited then said, “I’m not sure how to say dis in English but I tink it’s about da memories. Yah, dey matter more. Do you have good memories vit dat ring?”
“Yes, so many. Good ones.”
On this dull day, my mind rewound to the summer of 2007. We were sitting in a hotel lobby, when my passport and jewelry were stolen. Negligence on my part. After reporting it to the hotel and police, Jud grabbed hold of my hand, pulling me along as we raced to the US embassy before closing. I needed a new passport immediately. We were flying home the next day.
As we ran, I sobbed about my wedding band. Jud could’ve been saying understandable things like, “Why did you take it off? You know to be more aware of your surroundings. What happened? You’ve traveled before, why were you so careless?”
There was no shaming or blaming. When we stopped a moment so I could catch my breath, Jud took me in his arms, kissed me and said,”We’ll get a new wedding band. I never liked what we wrote inside it anyhow. We’ll do better this time.”
And we did.
Who wouldn’t swap a thing for the real deal.
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