I found this beautiful arrangement of oranges waiting for me on the kitchen floor. It's a love heart, in case you were wondering, and it's because she "likes me sooooo much".
I'm back in Zurich. Sorry for not telling you here in Blog Land. It has been a crazy and wonderful few weeks, hopefully a couple of blog posts to come on that. I spent 3 weeks in Kassel, Germany, at the Universitat Kassel, learning all sorts of things about German culture, language, history, and literature. I even got to practice a few German folk dances and learn how to make a traditional German meal.
But now I'm back in Zurich, pretending I'm an Au Pair again. Just for a few weeks, before I start my semester in Munich in March.
For those who have forgotten that I have a Swiss family, or who did not read my last blog...I live with a family with 3 girls, My Little Friends 1, 2 & 3. However, due to the confusion which kept appearing in the last blog (www.chaupair.blogspot.com), henceforth these beautiful girls will now be known as N (13 yrs), L (10 yrs) and A (7 yrs).
It is A who continues to make beautiful love hearts for me everywhere. It's so lovely to come back and find the girls are still the same, even though it has been 2 years since I lived with them. They are still quite sweet, sometimes vague, with excellent English, and are blossoming into kind and warm-hearted girls.
We were listening to music the other day and A asked if I knew the song "Hang...Hang...something"? She then hummed the tune, and I realised she was talking about 'Hangover' by Taio Cruz. I hid my horror that she had been listening to this song and said yes, I did know this song. She wanted to play it, and then I heard her singing...."I've got a Handy* cover...wo-oh...I've da da da da da da da...I've got a handy cover, wo-oh..." It made perfect sense to her, who wouldn't want a handy cover?
(*Handy is German for mobile/cell phone)
It's freezing outside. -7° today, to be exact. We've had quite a bit of snow, considering we're in the city, and it does make me a little homesick for the sun. But the white blanket that is currently covering everything does make it quite beautiful and fresh and (quite) crisp.
I took this photo quickly when A and her friend were picking up another friend on their way to school. Their matching coats and hats make me laugh, becuase A particularly asked for this hat in the shop, and her Mum (M) only found out later that it was because quite a few other girls in her class have the same one!
Peer pressure, it gets 'em early.
"When love is most extravagant, it is least wasted. Hope and love don't know the meaning of efficiency"
...I read that this week, and a heart of oranges has been a beautiful reminder.