The Other I

November 27, 2009

Blog break

Filed under: Just Stuff — theotheri @ 9:34 pm

I plan to be back by December 6.  That’s the day Dutch children put their shoes outside the door with the hope that Santa Nicholas (who in his pre-saint incarnation was a much-loved bishop) will put something in them.  It’s the more modest precursor to Santa Claus who actually gets into the house via the chimney.

The name of my father’s family in Germany was Von Hoerrman.  Von is roughly equivalent to the prefix of “Lord,” or possibly “Sir.”  But dad always said he thought the original name was actually Van Hoerrman, from the Dutch, rather than from the more lordly German.

As children we used to put our shoes out for Saint Nicholas, a tradition from my father’s side of the family.  So perhaps I do have some Dutch forebears along with my German, Polish, and possibly Jewish ancestors.

Not, actually, that I ever turn up anything in my shoes these days.

In any case, I hope to return here on the Day of the Shoes.


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