Over the river to Grandmothers house we go

Trip Start Feb 24, 2005
Trip End Jul 06, 2005

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Monday, March 21, 2005

Had a dream in which i was leading a group of about twenty-five people, Odin and all my closest friends, some I hadn't seen in years. Peter was there, and we were so happy to see each other again. Like Noah and the Ark, we were all working together to save humanity and the animals from the coming apocalypse. We we hopping trains, carrying reptiles, and eventually comandeered a rocket ship like futuristic pirates.
But REALITY: Tirgu-Mures is a town about twice the size of Silver City. Agi and I stay with her grandparents. They are, as Agi says, the grandparent prototypes, the first model on which every other grandparent was based. Their house is the ultimate grandparent's house, cozy and ancient. Things smell like food, spices, mildew, and lavender. I sit quietly and listen to the Hungarian spoken around me. I feel like an infant, taking in so much but unable to speak. Hungarian is so challenging, apparently from the same linguistic roots as Finnish. But I understand what I need to, Grandmas directives of' "Eat, eat, eat more." Grandpa is a quiet man, but we attempt to talk via Latin, which means we sit a few minutes and name trees. He knows his plants, having been the agricultural advisor to the area until the fall of communism here. Their garden, just beginning to show its face, is perfect. Grandma likes me for my experience working with children (as well as my willingness to eat). She taught school here for thirty-five years, and therefore knows whole generations of the locals.
I am fed, welcomed, even tucked into bed at night like one of the grandchildren, whom Grandma has seemed not to notice have grown into adult women. Agi's cousin Ezster is here too, a lively girl, like Agi, with perfect English and pretty delicate features. We are all three treated like princesses. This is a beautiful family.
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