I met Gerry — my partner — online! That’s why I live in Canada now and not Sweden.
We met already 1997, it took time before the «love thing» came into play, but we immediately hit it off as friends and realized we had stuff in common. I remember saying [typing] to him at a very early stage, that ‘the fact that Hebrew today is a spoken language made me very happy‘. That, to him, being a linguist and all, of course must have hit home, even though he doesn’t know all that much Hebrew. Neither do I. I wish…
It’s hard to tell exactly when the «love thing» 🙂 came into play but it was much later… 2002 maybe. We didn’t talk on the phone until Christmas Eve 1998. He came to visit me in Sweden in September 2003. Nowadays it’s getting to be a common thing that people meet online, but I bet it raised quite a few eyebrows back then, even though they didn’t say so much.
Either way … here we are, and this love for languages is something that we’re still having so much fun with. We can bring up a word, analyze the etymology of it … and I’m sometimes amazed how much influx French has actually had in Swedish. English influence … that’s so obvious, but French! Little words that I’ve never reflected upon before since Swedish is my native tongue and I take them all for granted … the words, that is.
We have English and German in common, he’s fluent in French and Italian (+many more), so we have a great source!
This love and interest in words was also one of the reasons I decided to become a medical transcriptionist — the medical terminology, the Greek and Latin. That was the part of my job that I truly enjoyed, but later on the job description was altered quite a bit, and I was more of a computer network administrator than anything else.
Another important aspect of our compatibility is the love to laugh … a sense of humour. We still watch re-runs of Seinfeld and we still laugh, even though I could easily become a prompter there … I know almost all the lines by heart.
Seinfeld was on in Sweden for years, but I never watched it once! It was always on rather late, like 11PM and I got up 5AM in the mornings so. Besides, I didn’t even know what it was … I thought it was something like Larry King, so I never bothered.
Hence, I didn’t watch my first Seinfeld episode until I was in Quebec. That happened to be the one when Kramer puts concrete in a washer at the laundromat. I laughed myself silly and was hooked forever. By now I have seen all the shows several times … I don’t think there is any single one of them that I’ve missed.
I entitled this post «compatible» because I doubt two people could be more compatible than Gerry and I. We lead a wonderful, laid-back life here … I’m sure many people would find it boring at a glance, but we’re enjoying every day of it. I’m truly blessed.
The Dingo ate your baby!!! 🙂