21/03/13 13:18 Aihe: Henkinen hyvinvointi
I am taking part on the Scintilla Project, a fortnight of story sharing. During these two weeks I will be writing personal stories inspired by the daily prompts given by the project. For the inconvenience of other participants I will be writing in English. Find out more about the Scintilla Project at http://www.scintillaproject.com.
This is a story inspired by Day 9 prompt: What is the longest thing you know by heart (for example, a prayer, speech, commercial jingle, etc.)? Why did you learn it?
I don’t know if it’s a longest thing that I know by heart but it sure makes people stare at me a long time when I say it aloud. It’s a phrase that explains how I’m related to famous Finnish author Aleksis Kivi.
In Finnish it goes like this: “Isän äidin äidin siskon miehen siskon mies oli Aleksis Kiven veljenpoika Arvid Stenvall.”
In English: “My father’s mother’s mother’s sister’s husband’s sister’s husband was Aleksis Kivi’s nephew Arvid Stenvall.”
My aunt who has an astonishing ability to remember poems, verses, quotes and lyrics for every occasion taught this phrase to me. I don’t know how she ended up with this genealogy but I trust it to be true.
I like to explain myself that this somewhat far-fetched connection to a creator of Finnish modern literature explains my love for reading and for the art of writing. I love to think that there is a tiny bit of a writer in myself thanks to this distant relation. Lue lisää..