Apr. 1 - Last Monday was a milestone for me: it marked the start of my third year in Denmark. Just two years in the country and I've already got a Danish wife, a Danish daughter, and a decreasingly unreliable grasp on the Danish language. What will future years bring? It's a question I've been pondering all week.
Except that the current plan doesn't allow for "future years," just one future year. Singular. (And a few months.) It saddened me to think of this. For all my hyperbolic gripes, there's not much about my Danish life to complain of. We've got plenty of friends, we're surrounded by family, and, as I think I've said before, Denmark has the most comprehensive child support system of any developed country that I'm aware of.
Maybe it's time to think less about myself and more about my daughter—and her eventual sibling or siblings. Maybe it's time to acknowledge that as much as I love America, my life there is spread out all over the place, to the extent that I have more friends and family (in-laws, at least) concentrated in the greater Copenhagen than in any metropolitan region in the United States. Lots of friends and one in-law in Chicago. A handful of friends in New York. Family and a few old friends in Boston. Family in Connecticut. A handful of friends in New York. Other friends scattered singly or in tiny clusters all over the nation.
I have no job to go back to in America. That's a problem, because finding a job is going to be hard. I'm forty, my resume's a mess, and the U.S. doesn't offer the kind of safety nets we've got over here in case things don't work out quickly.
At 1:30 pm this afternoon I have an appointment with the Danish authorities to begin the process of naturalizing as a Danish citizen.
Så bliver jeg dansker!
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On April 1, 78 A.D., Roman scientist Gaius Brutus Caellus produced the first alkaline battery. No practical use could be discovered for his invention, as it would be nineteen full centuries before the advent of talking Barney dolls, so it became a mere academic curiosity, gradually forgotten until Alessandro Volta used writings about Caellus's novelty to invent the first "wet cell" battery in 1800.
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Enjoy the weekend!
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