Sunday, October 23, 2016

Köszönöm szépen (thank you very much) Hungary!

Hungary is commemorating the 60th anniversary of their 1956 revolution.  Amazing video footage on this event at (BBC - 1956 Magyar revolution)…students started the uprising with a demonstration – many joined and moved to the state radio station where some were allowed in but never returned.  The people outside became restless; shots were fired by the secret police and – game on – REVOLUTION.  It was amazing – many joined the freedom fighters.  One of the facts that struck me is that they literally cut out the hammer/sickle (Russian/communist insignia) from their flag and were flying a new flag all over the country.  Russian tanks and troops actually left the country.  10 days later – they came back in force – and took back control of the country…for 33 more years Hungarians lived under communist rule. 

That’s history – that is ache, hurt, so much hidden activity, and I have several friends that lived through it – they had and still have hope.  See….life is good but God is way better.  In this case – life can really only be good because God is way better.  Know what I mean?  There is a lot of hurt, ache and hidden activity in our world today…. different than 1956 but they are all present nonetheless.

So – that’s a tough topic to start a blog with – and if you aren’t into history – may not even be interesting.  I enjoy history – especially as it tells a story of people’s culture and why/when/where they do the things they do.  History runs deep…families pass stories and history through the generations... what do we pass from generation to generation?  We do it in more than just our families…we do it at work, at play etc.  Think of it…we spend a lot of time with our co-workers…what kind of history are we creating, sharing and passing on to our co-workers and future co-workers?  

I was born in a country that has history to be sure – I grew up in a free home, state, country and my family passed good history onto me  - I love it all.  I now live in a country that has freedom but has scars so deep  from history that was not free; it is beyond my comprehension really.  I do know this, I respect their history, they are a kind and accepting people to me as a foreigner and for that I will be forever grateful to the people and country of Hungary.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Random - FaceTime, cake, board games, friends and even elections!

FaceTime is a good thing…saw my Dad this morning (my evening).  That is a very good part of my Saturday.  I enjoy my family – yep – we are family and everything that goes with that – but I enjoy them allJ.  Know what I mean?!  Enjoy!

Picked up Lydia this morning from her friend’s house…was telling her about having dinner and cake at Martin and Cezi’s last night…she said ‘I want cake’!  So we called…can we come over for cake?  And then…and then!  Martin pulled out some board game!  Oh my gosh…10:30 on a Saturday morning and people are asking me to play a board game?  That’s like asking me to go camping for the weekend…ummmm...NO.  But – cake and cappuccino made me crazy so I agreed I guess…there I was…playing this crazy Dominion game.  Let’s just say…I didn’t dominate.  Lydia did…oi vey.  But fun was had, laughs of course were plentiful and all the while we had ‘Peppa Pig’ playing in the background for Reuben.  Nothing better than having English accents in your subconscious all morning.  I enjoy friends, cake, Peppa Pig and laughing!

There are really so many moments to treasure.  Like last weekend when I saw Kristina again (first time since English Camp) and she was able to stand up and tell her story.  It’s not an easy story – but she did it – she was so relieved and tearful and joyful afterwards!  It was beautiful…I enjoy her as a friend – she is an amazing woman that I hope to know better and learn with through her life and story.

Tomorrow is a voting day here in Hungary.  I find it interesting how many countries have their voting on the weekend.  More people available I’m sure!  They are voting on a referendum about immigrants.  The country as a whole is pretty anti-immigration.  They built a fence…!  So – if I understand this correctly – this referendum is voting if they will go with the EU mandate of how many immigrants to take or not.  The billboards around the country have been against it all – EU is not to tell them how many to take!  All interesting…

I have not received my absentee ballot yet but I must say that this vote coming up in November makes me a bit nervous too.  There is so much pro/con for each candidate….and yet this week I have seen more about the party platforms.  Now that I can understand – a bit more objective should I say?  Again…the direction of our country makes a difference.

Anyway – life is good, God is waayyyy better and here are random thoughts from Budapest on this Saturday in October.  I enjoy it all…trust you will too or at least have a smile or two reading through thisJ.