So Happy Sinterklaas!
Bring on the pepernoten!!!
Now on to another Love Letter to my parents back 35 years ago.
21 november 1979
Beste Mother and Daddy,
I am at the American (Rotterdam) school as I write this letter. My students are in their P.E. and Music classes, so I'm free until the bell rings at 3:10 p.m. I've had three good days working here, and the money helps, too. Especially with a trip to the U.S. in the making.
This Saturday night we'll go to a birthday party for J's office friend. I'm about birthday-partied-out. It gets a little old after a while. Especially since each birthday is like Christmas. But at least I'll get to dress-up and maybe learn a little Dutch.
Next week-end (Dec.1 and 2) we'll go to Olst for a 12 1/2 year wedding anniversary party and for Sinterklaas. We will draw names for Sinterklaas, but I'll still give all J's family a small gift. That's the American in me I guess.
Tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. there will be a service at the Pilgrim Father's Church in Delfshaven. I will attend it and then go to my Dutch lesson at 2:00. I also hope I'll have time to pick up some Christmas gifts before I come home. Most American companies here have no Thanksgiving holiday. I suppose American families have a big dinner in the evening or not at all. We'll have chicken and pumpkin pie. Turkey is too expensive, and I think it is too dry anyway. The elementary kids had a Thanksgiving dinner today, and it smelled delicious. The school has no cafeteria, so I ate a cold cheese sandwich and smelled the good food.
If I could just work three days every week it would be great. That is about $100 for three days. The extra money would come in handy. I always see things I would like to have. J. doesn't want me to spend my money in my savings account. He said we could live on what he makes until I get a permanent job. I suppose that I should be glad he feels that way. I can draw more interest from my money in a Dutch savings account, so I may transfer some money at Christmas. I don't know for sure yet.
Well, I'll close and get my things together to leave. We have leftovers tonight, so I'll relax when I go home.
Take care and we'll be there this date next month.