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  •  Great story! (11+ / 0-)

    My grandparents lived in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, which traditionally has had a huge Norwegian population. Many of their closest friends were Norwegian, a few Swedish. Bay Ridge still has its big Norwegian Day parade, which was held last Saturday. I used to go see it in years past and you'd see people in traditional costume riding the subway out.

    As a kid I'd go into the Scandinavian specialty shops in the neighborhood. They always sold imported foods, but also flags and clothes. Fun.

    The rest of the NYC family was based in Flatbush.

    Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

    by fenway49 on Fri May 24, 2013 at 11:04:57 AM PDT

    •  I've heard many stories of Brooklyn, (8+ / 0-)

      although my grandparents moved to Rockland County.  Louis and Alice, Edgar and Alice built houses next door to each other and remained best friends for life.

      Nana told me about driving into Brooklyn to get a marzipan frosted confirmation cake in a snowstorm that was so bad she had to crank her windshield open in order to see the road.

      Of course, even in Rockland, their neighborhood was Norwegian.  The women got together for a knitting club/gossip circle and often, when Nana was babysitting and the adults didn't want the kids to know what they were talking about, they talked in Norwegian.  That's how I learned Norwegian, as a small child.

      I got outed when one of the ladies made a joke in Norwegian about "the last thing that dies on a man."  I laughed, and looked up to see all the women staring at me.

      After that, they spelled in Norwegian.  I was screwed.

      "I speak the truth, not as much as I would, but as much as I dare, and I dare a little the more, as I grow older." --Montaigne

      by DrLori on Fri May 24, 2013 at 03:00:12 PM PDT

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