In the Danish/Arabic blogging-project ‘Blog-On!’ the participants every week get a common theme that we can choose to write about if we feel inspired. Last weeks theme was “How I Live”. This is my post on the subject:
A non-Danish friend of mine asked me what I wanted for Christmas and was very surprised to hear the answer: two teaspoons, two forks and six dessert spoons. I’m not quite sure whether the surprise was because of the kind of wish or because of the very exact amount. But many Danes would take wishes like those for granted.
In most Arab countries young people don’t think about buying household things until they are about to get married and then they normally get most things as a wedding present. In Denmark people move out at an earlier age. And being a leading (or at least formerly leading) country when it comes to interior design, it’s very normal for people to start collecting designer cutlery, glasses and plates once they move away from home.
I’m 29 and for a million different reasons am still living with my mother. In fact, I’ve never really had my own home, which is VERY unusual by Danish standards. But that doesn’t mean that my need for building some kind of nest for myself hasn’t been there. On the contrary, I’ve bought plenty of things that will someday help me create exactly the kind of surroundings I’ve dreamed of living in. So instead of showing you how I live now I’m going to show you how I would like to live, when I get a home of my own.