Stories My Parents Told Me


“I had a girlfriend in Denmark”…apologies to Danish author Isak Dinesen and for similarities to the first line from the movie, “Out of Africa”.

Helga was a truly magnificent woman. She was striking to look at; a physically strong and powerfully built woman in her mid-twenties, with a very gentle and loving nature. I met her when an old friend of mine who had married a Danish girl visited me for a weekend with Helga in tow. Helga ended up remaining with me for a couple of weeks after my friends had left. She then got a job fruit picking at an apple orchard a short distance away and stayed in a caravan on the farm where she worked. I remember she brought me home some special apples once that she had picked from a tree she had discovered had particularly sweet fruit. She was always doing sweet things…

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