Now is about the mid-point of our one year stay here in Rødøy. In a Dilbert-like fashion, I say, it’s time for the mid-year review to summarize our accomplishments and areas for future improvement.
We love it here. Even with the last two dark months and a gale every week. We love the stunning scenery, the rugged isolation, togetherness of our family, catching and eating fish, and northern lights. Kristin loves her job. The children love their freedom. Last week I took Marcus and Nora hiking separately on their respective daddy days in Eventyrskogen (fairytale forest) up to the troll door, a gigantic wooden door attached to a cliff. How they glowed with happiness! Personally, I love having an abundance of free time during which I brushed up dusty hobbies like photography, writing, and programming. We love our house on a hilltop with its open vistas, fireplace, cozy dining room, comfortable sofas. Even the old kitchen without a dishwasher is charming.
But most of all, we love the people in Rødøy. In their quiet and unassuming ways, they have embraced a family of strangers, city people, who came to their beloved island only for an one-year hiatus from their normal life. They have invited us into their homes, cared for our children, taken us out fishing, let us use their boats, given us all kinds of things: bikes, clothes, curtains, fish… We have no hope to ever repay our debt.
This is before the spring, and the summer of midnight sun.
So the overall rating of the mid-year review? Outstanding. 10 out of 10. It’s been everything that our most optimistic imagination could conjure and more. We couldn’t be happier with our decision to take this year off, and our decision to do it here in Rødøy. Sorry HR department: it’s impossible to improve perfection.