Honoring Our Ancestors by hilloah

October 20, 2010 at 12:45 pm 1 comment

Since my ancestors are at least half  Swedish, that makes me a Scandinavian, and one of my favorite places to visit in California is the Danish village of Solvang .  There is so much to see and enjoy. One of the best places to shop is  Nordic Knives : they have knives and swords. It is such a cool shop!  One time, my former husband took my arm and dragged me out of the store. “Why did you do that?” I asked. “Because you had a look on your face like you were remembering a past life as a Viking and I had a feeling that you were about to loot and pillage me!”  I do remember when he was on the Mark Twain riverboat at Disneyland – he had that same look, and I wondered if his hair was going to go white and if he would start dressing in white suits like Mark Twain.

My father was born in Sweden in 1906 and came over here third class on a ship (no steerage for him!) in 1921. After landing at Ellis Island in New York, he got on a train and went to California where his mother and her new husband lived. The conductor pinned his tickets to his chest: when the ticket opened up it was about 10 feet long!  At each stop, the conductor would pull off part of the ticket so it got smaller as time went by. I do not know how many days it took him to go across America; it took my former husband and me three days to go from Los Angeles to Atlanta, Georgia on Amtrak in 1973 with our 10 month old baby girl, Phyllis.

My two youngest children were born in October and the two oldest were born in November. Yes, three Scorpions and one Sagittarius. I am a Gemini and their father is a Virgo – it was an interesting mixture. My father had asked me to put some part of his name in my children’s names. Since his name was Wolf Arvid Hjalmar Lindvall there was no way I was going to give my children any part of his name! (I’ve had too much attention with my own name, I was NOT going to do that to my children!) Many years later I told this story to my boys, and they got upset. “You mean I could have been named Wolf? Mom! What were you thinking?” Go figure.

I must be thinking of my parents because of our upcoming “Day of the Dead” celebration here on the Mendocino Coast. At Living Light, we’ll be featuring our famous pumpkin pie at the cafe, and we are creating altars to honor our ancestors–one in Living Light Cafe, and one in Living Light Marketplace. Our whole company participated last year, and it was really interesting seeing photos and memorabilia from our Living Light family. Speaking of family and ancestors, next week I will write about my eclectic mother.

About these ads

Entry filed under: Day of the Dead Holiday, good life, Living Light Culinary Arts Institue classes, Living Light Culinary Arts Institute, living light culinary arts institute blog, Love, raw food blog. Tags: , , , , , , , , .

Creativity, Survival, and Reality by kristin The Power of Gratitude and An Angel by kristin

1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Brave New World by hilloah « RawFoodChef  |  October 27, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    […] heard about my Dad, and his journey in America. Today (as part of our Day of the Dead observance honoring our ancestors, I’ll tell you a little about my mother. She was born Virginia Ruth Rowell, and when she was […]


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Trackback this post  |  Subscribe to the comments via RSS Feed

Not a Wordpress user? You can still receive our posts by email. Just enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 2,726 other followers

RSS Raw Food Chef

  • Save on Gifts of Good Health at Living Light December 4, 2014
    Save on Living Light Classes until December 15 It's the time of the year when we are thinking of the best gift in the world to give to those we love. If we would like to help make sure that our loved ones live healthy and fulfilling lives, what could be better than the gift [...]
  • Living Light Annual Thanksgiving Vegan Potluck! November 26, 2014
    Every year we enjoy hosting a Thanksgiving Potluck here at Living Light Center. It is a festive affair - just imagine 30-40 people bringing vegan and raw vegan dishes to feed 10 people. There is a bounteous amount of food and a convivial group of like-minded vegetarians who gather together from far and near. This [...]
  • Hot Raw Chef Voting Ends Tomorrow! November 14, 2014
    Don't Forget, Do it Now! Every voter will receive the Hot Raw Chef 5 in 5 Holiday Recipe eBook with all of the contestants recipes PLUS a chance to win a Vitamix 7500 Blender The time has come to watch the videos and VOTE NOW for YOUR favorite Hot Raw Chef! It's lots of fun, [...]


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 2,726 other followers

%d bloggers like this: