Text: Anna Pärkkä
Translation: Sirkka-Liisa Leinonen
My husband can be quite secretive. While sharing his life with me, he has probably learnt that he should present new ideas with a thought-out plan, or otherwise they may change in the “supreme court”, as he is fond of saying. Well, I don’t know about that.
It was the year 2001. We had had our fourth baby and were living in Liminka. The Ruukki Summer Services were over, and we hitched up our caravan trailer and set out for a vacation trip to Norway. My husband’s brother’s family came with us, but they turned back when we were still in Sweden.
We arrived in Oslo and set up camp by a beautiful lake at the Bogstad camping ground. We enjoyed our stay there, and the days passed in a relaxed atmosphere. At some point my husband suggested that we could go and visit an entrepreneur who was an acquaintance. I did not know then that he had already agreed about a meeting to discuss possible employment.
We met Tero in front of the old Customs House in the center of Oslo. He gave us Henri’s phone number and said Henri might have a job to offer. My husband called Henri and agreed about an interview on Friday.
It was a quite shocking to think that we might not be returning home, and to wonder how I could finish my studies living in Oslo. These temporal obstacles were at the top of my mind. And annoyance. That he had not told me about such important matters. But I also remember the tickling excitement and the dreams of all the opportunities that might open up. What new things would this bring to our life? Opportunities for our children, possible employment for us. I pulled myself together fairly soon. My husband started in his new job on the following Monday.
So how did we go about it? Through Henry we found Tintti, who helped us find home in Holter. God’s guidance was very strongly present in this upheaval. How incredible it seemed that our landlord later wanted to hire my husband to work for him.
My landlady accompanied me to the employment office and helped me sign up as a job seeker. That was on a Thursday. I had a phone call on Monday from Rolf at the airport. He asked me to come for an interview! We did not even have day care arrangements for our four children. What now?
True to myself, I jumped at the opportunity. We did not have a Finnish-English dictionary. Rolf had said to me on the phone that I should come to the stone in the departure hall. I was wondering about what “stone” meant. We did not even have a proper Internet connection then. I tried to comfort myself by thinking that I surely would manage.
I came well ahead of time to look for the “stone”. I walked around the second-floor departure hall, minutes ticked by, and I realized I was already late for the interview. The children and my husband were waiting in the car outside the airport. I knew they were probably not enjoying their stay either. I began to panic and thought that this was it then. If I did not find the interviewer, I would not get the job.
Trust in God, I said to myself. I began walk toward the exit. From far away, I saw a lady who was holding a signboard with my name on it. She was standing next to a big stone. Okay, so that’s what “stone” meant.
I was ashamed and felt like crying and laughing at the same time. The interviewer was a lovely person, and after the interview she was convinced that she should hire this lady with four children. Rolf came soon and just said, come to work next Monday. So I had a job in Oslo, too.
We then got an au pair in the same way, very easily. We had lovely, wonderful Saila, who later became the godmother of one of our children. I was able to complete the remaining studies for my diploma remotely, which was not common at that time. All my fears had been in vain.
By the way, there are summer jobs again at that same airport! Gardemoen Airport has offered good jobs to dozens of our friends. Young people have good language skills, and now you even know what ”stone means” – in case you did not know it already.
Erilaisena syntyvä perheenjäsen tuo uusia sävyjä vanhemmuuteen. Kehitysvamma tai jokin muu vamma tuo usein mukanaan erityisiä hoivan tarpeita. On luonnollista, että tällöin vanhempi pohtii omia voimavarojaan, osaamistaan tai jaksamistaan vanhemmuuden äärellä. Osa huolista saattaa toteutua, osa taas ei. Ihmeellisesti elämän antaja, Jumala, antaa erityislapsen vanhemmille voimavaroja ja erityistä taitoa olla juuri tämän lapsen vanhempi. Moni kokeekin pian, että erilaisuus onkin erityisyyttä, sillä lapsi tuo uudenlaista merkitystä ja iloa perheen elämään.
Kodin joulu -levyllä soivat ennen kuulemattomin toteutuksin monet perinteiset joululaulut.
Mihin syntien anteeksiantamus perustuu Raamatun mukaan? Kirjoittaja käy läpi Uuden testamentin anteeksiantamusta käsittelevät kohdat, joiden kautta avautuu monipuolinen ja selkeä kuva aiheesta.