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Topic: COMMUTE (07/07/16)
TITLE: Winter wonderland
By Lisa Enqvist
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“Are you sure that this bread was baked today?”
“Yes, I’m sure. It just arrived from the bakery.”
Arriving home on one of those irritating days my mother met me with the news.
“A couple from the church called this afternoon. The asked if you would like to take care of their baby boy when his mother returns to work in January.”
“Oh yes! That is if they dare leave their baby in my care. I have never taken care of any baby on my own.” My dream had always been to care for children, so I after visited the lovely family, I was accepted.
We had returned, after seven years away, to my home country Finland, from Asia just six months earlier. I had learned to commute by bus to the City center and walk from there to the bakery shop.
Now I had to change to a tram to take me in a different direction to the address of my new job.
I went there just once for the interview. The day my work was to begin there was a bus strike. How would I get to and from work? How would anyone from the suburbs get to work?
My favorite aunt, who lived nearby, had a solution. Long before there had been regular buses into the city from our part of town, she always traveled by train to her job. The train station was further away, but within walking distance from home.
She explained where I should get off the train, and which way I should walk from there. That too was quite a distance, but I did not mind. I was going to a dream job. I was prepared to walk all the way, if necessary.
The weather turned real cold. Minus 30 centigrade. The trees were all dressed up as for a heavenly wedding party. The morning sky was pink and blue. Nothing I ever saw before was so beautiful.
Walking through that icy beauty gave me a deeper love for the country I now could call home. It was a good start for my nursing career. One of a few jobs I ever commuted to.
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