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For Macfudge

1958 on our way to the US. Our government paid. That had one disadvantage...........you were not free in choosing a place where you wanted to go to.
They sent us to Charlotte, North Carolina. We rent a house and my husband ( he died 1967 in Holland) got a job.
So far okay.
We met a couple that came from the North and we became good friends.
But boy, I got so homesick after a while. Realy sick. My friend from the North said we were on the wrong place. It was the mentality of the people, so different. She said also that if we had landed in the North I would not have had any trouble.
So , after 15 months my husband sent me home with our four children, hoping i would come back. But I could not.....honestly. It was an awful situation.
He went back to Holland as well. For years he has reproached me with his behaviour. I realized he was as unhappy as I was. Both for different reasons.
He died when he was 46 ( cancer) ( he was 8 years older than I was) and
I am glad that his last years we were again in good harmony.
Well....life is life as they say :-)
I said last week to one of my daughters: all the men I have loved, your father, your brother and recently Nico, have died. I live with memories.
She looked at me and said: but you've got still three loving daughters!
I embraced her and we laughed because my daughters and me are very close. We are a real team :-D
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Dec 20 2011 12:36 GMT hans55 PRO
thats a touching life story dear Riet ... as your doughter already told you ...count your blessings !!
Dec 20 2011 16:03 GMT aquiles PRO
Dec 20 2011 16:49 GMT Riet
es muy consolante, mi amigo , medicina para mi corazón:-)
Dec 20 2011 17:32 GMT Annamaria
It sure is a touching story, Riet..... so much pain.... but you stil have 3 great daughters to enjoy!!
Dec 20 2011 17:46 GMT Riet
YES! :-D
Dec 20 2011 19:56 GMT elsje323
it's a touching story Riet, but enjoy your memories and your daughters
Dec 20 2011 20:50 GMT IsmailShaheem
Hello Riet I love ur photos as well love u and all the blessing.
Dec 21 2011 14:11 GMT Macfudge
Thank you dear for your sharing a little of your history. It's interesting how different our common experience was: We came to the US in 1953 and moved to Grand Rapids, MIchigan because my aunt, who sponsored us, lived there. Slowly, but surely, we adapted and became part of the American system and culture. :-)
Dec 21 2011 14:29 GMT Riet
Thanks for your answer, Macfudge :-)
I think Michigan would have been a much better place for us.
Dec 21 2011 20:24 GMT Macfudge
To my friends and family I am still HANS ( full name Johannes)! LOL :-)
Dec 21 2011 21:08 GMT Riet
Thanks for the hint, Hans :-)