On our first trip to Norway, Marilyn and I had a wonderful time with the Elkin relatives. Meeting with them on Sunday, I remarked that I enjoyed the cheese they served with the meal, I thought their unique liquor, aquavit, was great, and I mentioned that at home I couldn’t find a good, complete book that showed the unique bunads or costumes of the many areas of Norway.
We left the next day and drove to the west coast of Norway.
When we met with them again the next Saturday, Per Olav and his family handed us a pound of that special cheese, a bottle of aquavit, and a huge yuggge book with beautiful photos of the bunads of Norway. They overwhelmed us American relatives with their hospitality and their treatment of us.
At the Gardermoen Airport while waiting for the flight back to the US, we talked about the gifts they gave us and the good times we had.
“We mentioned something to them, and a week later it was in our hands.” We laughed about that.
Then the “what if” came up.
“And you know what else?” I told Marilyn. “I almost told Per Olav that I enjoyed his large deck and that his car was a great vehicle.”
Imagine that, we thought.
“How in the world would we have gotten a car and a deck back to the US with us?”