September 21, 2015

Norway, 1907

Poem to Anna Refvik


John Broback

Refvik, Norway

"Just like a rich and golden river
My stream of thoughts shall
Travel and in your home and at
your foot they will settle down.

And there they will build a little
castle of good wishes where
you'll find the sunshine of life
and no sorrows and shadows."

It is such a special pleasure to read the words that were laced together by my ancestors and have photographs to hold memories of those days. Watermelon on a white sand beach, a tea party on farmlands near the sea, and a love poem that sounds like magic. The stories told by my beloved great grandmother were golden and timeless and carried me away to the fjords of Norway.


  1. How cool! The poem is so lovely. <3 You are so fortunate to have a piece of your ancestors' history like that.:)

  2. Yes, I agree! It is so very special to have these poems and photos to cherish.

  3. This is so cool! My grandmother was a poet as well... just writing about random everyday things - it's so precious to have memories like that, especially once the people who made them are gone. <3

    The Starving Inspired

  4. These are so nostalgic, Rachelle... ;) I wish I could have some memories of my ancestors, but I don't. xx Sadly, there aren't any records of them, as they lived in India, and we live in the US. Maybe next time I visit India I can dig around for traces of them. <3
    p.s. It's always so nice to hear from you!
    ~ Sanjana

  5. Beautiful, beautiful post! It's so cool that you have a piece of you very own history in you hands. :)
    Oh and I wanted to let you know that I tagged you for the 777 challenge ( I hope you'll take a look at it and maybe give it a try.

    Keep blogging <3

  6. How incredibly lucky you are to carry such a beautiful fragment of your family history. There's a small possibility we may actually share a bit of family heritage, as half my ancestry is of Norwegian descent!

    - J


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