2022-11-12T23:47:59+02:00October 24th, 2022|

My grandmother was a wondrous woman. She lived through two World Wars, bore 15 children, lost her husband and plottered through life without complaining: "niet kniezen, niet zeuren", which is Dutch for "no moping, no moaning". I am looking at a picture of her standing in my parents' garden behind a wooden wheelbarrow serving as a flower pot, courtesy of my mother's creative gardening. She is holding the stems of two tall sunflowers, peekabooing through them with a cheeky smile. That picture has [...]

You don’t know what you’ll do until you get there

2022-05-31T13:49:32+02:00February 5th, 2021|

Before I had kids, I remember saying to my then husband that having kids would not change anything. We would still go out for romantic dinners, have active, adventurous vacations, take the kids everywhere, ... Then we had kids, and the whole world spun upside down! Sleepless nights, breastfeeding, a body I didn't recognize (didn't like or couldn't get used to), trying to do it all perfectly right, going back to work and having the impression that half of my braincells had died off. Someone had [...]

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