Fly Away Home
A memoir about the ups and downs in life and the back and forth travels of a multicultural family.


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It was time to shake it off, put the past behind me and embrace my new life, in my new country. I’d gone back and forth to Norway many times and had lived there for six months, but it was different this time. It was final. Everything back home was gone, sold off or given way, and after the hell we’d all been through there was no going back.

It didn’t, however, go quite as I imaged it would. I was used to dropping by Midstreams Road almost everyday to see my mother.

Now she was as bitter and hurt as Tony was to lose us. I missed my friends and sharing the day-to-day details of our lives, like we’d done since grade school. I would think of things I wanted to tell them and then remember I couldn’t. Phone calls were expensive and by the time I sat down to write a letter the thought was gone. I missed Brick Town too. I’d lived there since I was five and all the material things I deemed necessary in life were there. Now everything seemed so far away.

I couldn’t understand how people had been living in Egersund since the Stone Age, with settlements dating back as far as 400-600 BC, yet here we were in the nineties and they still didn’t even have a McDonald’s. Things in Norway that never seemed to bother me before, could now irritate me.

The weather was depressing. With 365 days in a year, I’m guessing on the southwest coast of Norway more than half of them were gray, damp and rainy. I wouldn’t have minded if I knew I could count on a pleasant summer, but I couldn’t. Worst of all was how fast the weather could change. The sun could be shining without a cloud in the sky, and ten minutes later it would start hailing. I really learned to appreciate a sunny day.

Everything was expensive and it didn’t help that my mind’s calculator was always busy tallying the Norwegian kroner against the US dollar. The dollar winning every time, it stretched a lot further than the krone.
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