At the end of May, a week after moving into our new house (the same house that we had spent the entire spring renovating), I flew to Europe. My first stop was Holland where my oldest son, Mike, had spent the semester interning at the International Criminal Court at The Hague. My niece Nicole and younger son Sam were traveling in France and Spain and were meeting me in Holland at my uncle’s house.
I spent a few days with Mike and then he flew back home to study for his bar exam. Then I met up with Sam and Nikki and we traveled around Holland, Belgium and Germany. We visited family and explored tourist destinations. In mid June we flew to Serbia.
And then, through the branches of the old plum trees we would see the first rays of the rising sun. Looking at each other in surprise someone would ask – where did the night go?
While I was there I needed to give my family my undivided attention. I needed to do nothing except talk with and listen to what various members of my family had to tell me. Everyone had something to say. Everyone had a story to tell. I cannot tell you how wonderful it feels to let go of everything else, to let go of the entire world, and give people one’s undivided attention.
But now I am ready. I send you hugs and greetings and hope that you are having a good summer. I will soon be sharing my stories with you.Nikki and Sam exploring Belgrade Family members sharing a meal in my uncle’s vineyard in Vizic
Sam and uncle Jova spent many hot afternoons playing chess on the balcony The old church in Vizic, my father’s village Marija – my five year old niece Plums in my uncle’s orchard A family of storks on top of the church steeple The morning we say goodbye