As I said in an earlier post I was invited to join a continuation of “Project 52 – 2013”. The difference is that this year different members of the group will be providing themes for different weeks after Eszter Hargittai had taken on the massive tasks to come up with 52 themes last year. Well done, Eszter, by the way.
The themes for the first three weeks were “Ends that are also beginnings”, “The path is beneath your feet” and a quote from a poem by the Hungarian poet Miklós Radnóti. I chose to interpret it as “”Places that have meanings for us even if it is not immediately visible from the outside or above”.
So, here goes:
Week 1 – In my family, stripping the Christmas Tree on New Year’s Day has always been the end of Christmas and the beginning of the New Year. Here the stripped tree has been placed outside in garden of my mother’s house:
Week 2 – As part of my job, I travel from Odense to Vejle to teach classes at the social work programme at UC Lillebælt. The college is placed some 4 kilometres from the town centre but I like to walk back to the railway station to clear my mind after teaching. It dawned on me that I was crossing the paths of my father who was born and grew up in Vejle. A working-class boy, he lived in the part of the town called Søndermarken, and after school he distributed one of the local newspapers in Mølholm, one of the affluent parts of the town – and on my way I passed through Mølholm. So with a distance in time of some 65 years, the paths of the working-class schoolboy and the middle-class lecturer crossed each other.
Week 3 – I was waiting for a bus in Herlev outside Copenhagen on a cold and windy late Sunday afternoon. The bright building in the back is Herlev Hospital, a skyscraper placed in the middle of a suburb mostly consisting of singe-family houses. I have mixed feelings about the place as my father spent the last months of his life being moved in and out of that hospital before dying there in the spring of 2000. It is a landmark of the Copenhagen area, but obviously you have to talk to people to get to know the very different meanings of the place to different people.