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About Unnie Berith Borgen (Hallberg)
Posted April 2nd 2011. Unnie Berit Borgen (Hallberg) was really a very shy, quiet woman. She was my Mum. We all called her Gramma for years, until the great grandchildren started being born, then we started calling her Oldemor. She was very interesting to listen to, she was an adventurer in her earlier days. She sewed all of our clothes, when we were young, beautiful clothes. Funny, odd and interesting things I remember her telling us: When she was a child, the Germans had invaded Norway, she remembers the air-raid sirens going off, then they would all have to go into the basement of the apartment building of where she lived, and hide out. My parents met on a blind date in Africa, while they both worked on a ship. She wasn't impressed, he was drunk with his shirt hanging out. I have to laugh, cause my Mum rarely drank anything. She was an only child, and he was 1 of 12. Could you imagine that difference alone? They got married, and one day not that long after the wedding, my dad came home and asked her "Do you want to go to Canada?" She yes without hesitation! That had to be very hard on her parents. When they came to Canada neither one of them spoke the language. They both got jobs though. Mum gave birth to my oldest brother, not speaking or understanding the language very well, the Doctor ask her if she would like to have him circumcised! She didn't know what they were talking about, so they gesture about what they wanted to do....She was horrified! lol. Someone must have explained it well enough to her eventually because he was done. Anyways, Mum had the 4 of us, plus two miscarriages. My Dad was out of town a lot, so she had to learn the language, and raise us. She took us to swimming lessons, ice skating lessons, Baton twirling, Brownies. and each of us older ones had to learn in instrument, my oldest brother played guitar, my sister played piano, and I played accordion. I don't think my little brother learned an instrument, he just had to be cute, and be a living doll for my sister and me. A little story about Brownies. Mum could sew very well, and she did not like the standard issue brownie suites, they were faded looking, they were wrinkled, so she made mine. I love it, because it always looked the sharpest! I wished she had kept it. she learned to drive, and she learned to drive out truck and camper and she took us kids on Rockhounding weekends wherever the Rock Club was going! We really did have a lot of fun. She took us making jewellery. With all the rocks we all would find, she would in our basement, in her workshop would grind, polish, shape them into beautiful pieces of Jewellery. She loved reading, books about space, good who done it books, and TV shows. Jag was one of her favourites. Mum could crochet, awesome blankets and knit beautiful Norwegian sweaters. I will try and post these things in her photos. Both my parents learned how to use the computer, late in their lives, I might add. Very well too. Mum did all her genealogy online, she also did it on paper loads of it! Even when her eye site was fading she could still keep the spark doing her genealogy. I really think she was bored and depressed with the ordinary, she loved the extraordinary! I think I'm a lot more like her than I thought. Love you Mum.