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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

In honor of Oma, and her 1974 A-Z Challenge :)

Aloha,

It’s D-Day today.

(If you’re not doing the A-Z Challenge, Wednesday is the fourth day of a fun, twenty-six post challenge based around the alphabet.)

If you are doing A-Z, and you’ve also posted today for Insecure Writers Support Group, more power to your elbows, that’s all I can say.

(Me? I did my early IWSG post here.)

So, in honor of A-Z, I wanted to share the last existing copy of “Mark’s Mixed Irish-Hollands Alphabet."

Written by my beloved grandmother, Oma Brinkerink, this precursor to the A-Z dates back to at least 1974.






















I re-discovered this "post" from Oma the other day when unloading some boxes. (Note the cut and paste picture... when you actually had to Cut. And. Paste. :)


(Yes, we’ve been in the house since this past July, but we always try not to unpack toooo quickly…
Like good wine, packed boxes mature with age to where something marked “LIVING ROOM – BOOKS” can mean anything:)



In her day, Oma, who passed away in 2007, was an avid writer who wrote whenever she had any free time while raising four boys.

(Wow, that sounds familiar!!)

"D" *still* cracks me up :)


























Oma lived all her life in and around Amsterdam, Holland. She was the one who imprinted on me a love of writing, and she later – God bless her – took me in as a wild nineteen-year-old who wanted to explore the many er, different districts and, er, bright red lights of Amsterdam J

Oma, if you happen to be looking down on me from your rocking chair in Heaven, I hope you’re proud of your eldest grandson.

I’m eternally grateful that you discovered this gift in me and that you read so much to me during my formative years.
Especially books like De Koe Die In Het Vater Viel and The Adventures of Tom Bombadil (by some dude called Tolkien…)

And don't you worry, I’ll be reading these books to my three boys.
Oma, dank je wel, en ik hou van jou.

36 comments:

Anna Smith said...

It's amazing you found this at the start of the challenge, like it was meant to be. I love this list, Wee Wee! :)

Universal Gibberish

Jack said...

T is Uncle Tom, always fighting me and making fun.

She was way ahead of her time, Mark!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's a really cool find - bet you're glad you opened those boxes.
And I'm sure she is very proud of you!

Kyra Lennon said...

What a super cool Grandma! I love that A-Z list!

JennaQuentin said...

This is so cute! It inspires me to write an alphabet for my kiddos! Good luck A to Zing!

Carl, the curly one said...

lovely to read that again bro, dad just told me that Hendreika the cow was found in your suitcase when we cme from Holland 1 year... you bad boy!!!!

Danielle B. said...

I love granny's and finding stuff like this! Awesome tribute to her! And "d" is pretty funny.

Theresa said...

What a great thing to find! Just by reading it I can tell she was a fun loving person. When my Grandpa passed away I found an autograph book of his from when he was about 12 and all his family and friends signed it. Each signature also included really sweet messages about him. Me and my family laughed and cried as we read each entry. Things like these are priceless!

August said...

Lovely tribute to a lovely woman, Mark! What a gift she gave you to enjoy and pass on. I look forward to future posts. :)

Cassie Mae said...

My Oma passed in 2007 as well and she sounds like someone who's probably hanging with your Oma in their rocking chairs with the dogs sleeping by their feet. :)

Lara Schiffbauer said...

That's terribly cute! She has a wonderful voice - and D made me chuckle, too. What happy memories - thanks for sharing them.

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

Wow, this is really cool. Sounds like you had a pretty amazing oma.

cleemckenzie said...

A super find and I think your grandmother planned for you to find it just now!

I love Amsterdam BTW. Went there last year, and may wind up there again this year. A place to walk and bike.

Rek said...

Don't worry I for one will be hanging out, I still have blogs without a single post in the last 10 months, just can't let old friends go, I reach via twitter and Fb whenever I can.
That's a hilarious list. Good luck with the WIP, never knew you were bi or is it multilingual like us.

Nicole said...

This is such a wonderful memory! And so perfect for the challenge. :)

Jaycee DeLorenzo said...

That's incredible! Wow. :D

Happy Hump Day!
My D

Mary Aalgaard, Play off the Page said...

You do have a big mix of heritage and current living. How fun. Great A to Z list.

Write on!

Play off the Page

Jenny S. Morris said...

Oh, I love hearing about peoples families and traditions. ;0)

Jen from http://falling4fiction.blogspot.com/

Julie said...

Oh my gosh, this is SUCH a great find! Thanks for sharing it, I really enjoyed reading the list, so cute. Your grandma must have been awesome. What a treasure for you to still have this now.

Leigh Covington said...

This is awesome Mark! "D" cracks me up too! How fun. What a fun Oma. We called my grandma Oma too. Hmmm - I think that was her name, but maybe that means Grandma in German. I must do some research. :)

And I'm digging the original cut & past method.

Rekha said...

Sorry Mark, wasn't paying attention to how it sounded. ;D Hope your wife doesn't sue me for defamation, but glad you found humour in it, says a lot about you, buddy.

Lynn said...

I think your Oma is definitely proud of you.

Sharkbytes said...

Lots of fun here. I've seen the bridge in Holland, MI, like the one on the cow book. I'm trying to visit all the A-Z Challenge Blogs this month.

Nancy Thompson said...

A woman way ahead of her time! And how cool for you to have found this!

Grammy said...

Dear Mark,
How wonderful! I enjoyed the A to Z by your grandma so wonderful! Thank you for the post. God bless you.
Ruby

Morgan said...

Too neat, Mark ;)

"Alas, he is Dead!" <----Love it!

"Some dude called Tolkien" <----Cracking up!

Verrrrry fun. :D

rch said...

Hey that is great, love #1, I'm from Amsterdam NY, what a lovely memory, and D is pretty funny. I shared one of my gram's poems in a post once, I hope they are happy to know people are reading their wonderful words.

Melissa Sugar said...

This is so touching and I feel certain that your Oma helped you find this in time for the blogging challenge. So you know she is looking down and proud of what you have become and that your are passing you passion for books on to your own children.

D was very funny.

meradeth said...

So sweet! Your grandma sounds like an awesome person!

Sarah Pearson said...

This is awesome. A little piece of family history.

Texas Playwright Chick said...

Wow, what a lovely story you have in her! What an inspiration to you.

Escape Artist said...

Totally amazing! Bless Oma. She must have been something. How cool to find such a treasure!
Thank you for sharing this! : )

DeniseCovey_L_Aussie said...

Hi Mark! I was thinking your name was Dutch and it seems it is. Thank you for sharing these precious things with us.

Also thank you for visiting and throwing bouquets at the lovely Sarah. She is awesome.

Denise

Hope Roberson said...

Olma sounds like she was an amazing grandma! I have some great memories with both of mine, I love watching my kids have special moments with their grandmas :) Thanks for sharing!!

Susan Roebuck said...

What a lovely treasure you have. I can just hear your Oman reciting her A-Z in a strong Dutch accent. I love R for Rust LOL

elizabeth seckman said...

How sweet. I have a package of my grandmother's poetry. It's the best inheritance ever!

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