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荷兰语中有些单词无法正确翻译成英语。Benauwd。Verklempt。Voorpret.和 gezellig(发音 phlegm-ze-Li-phlegm)。Gezellig 就是... 完美的家庭感觉。舒适。当一个地方或一群人或社交情况感觉正确时,感到深刻的满足。在黑暗的雨夜里,一张温暖的床是 gezellig。gezellig 与亲爱的朋友一起坐在篝火旁边。经过漫长的一天之后,一杯葡萄酒和四集朋友是 Gezellig。几周前,一位朋友给我发短信说了这个词。“我发现自己最近使用 'gezellig' 来提及疫苗后的团聚。它非常适合,例如,露台上俯瞰草原的美式和燕麦松饼,一边听到红翼黑鸟的歌曲,一边与作曲家朋友交谈音乐。比如,你还能怎么描述?这将需要几个英语形容词。”那只是... gezellig。这是我能想到的唯一一个词来描述我自己疫苗后团聚和经历的过去几周。在超过一年半的时间没有踏进加拿大或见到我的家人之后,我的会众慷慨慷慨地给了我时间,这样我就可以回家,满足隔离要求,还有足够的时间与亲人共度。5 月 9 日,我开车越过边境,拍了我能找到的第一个加拿大国旗的照片,然后哭了。家是 gezellig。自 Covid 开始以来,我的家人几乎每个星期天都进行了缩放。但是当你亲自面对面时,会发生另一种对话。当你能看到某人的眼睛时,直觉一眼,坐在沉默中,没有沉默感觉奇怪。当你能在场的时候,没有其他地方可以去,所以对话会一直延续,直到新的理解深度被堵住。慢慢的是 gezellig.每次我回家时我都会陷入旧的节奏和模式。我在早餐中玩国民邮政填字游戏拼图。午餐时我用高达和火腿吃面包。当我们谈论我们的日子时,我在下午 5 点太晚和父母一起喝咖啡。这些活动中的任何一项都会让我感觉自己可以再生十六岁,除了完成第二天的功课之外,没有什么小心,除了我在高中舞会穿什么之外,别担心。星期六早上吃 pannenkoeken,我感到安全,知道,而且从根本上说。Familiarity 是 gezellig.Part 的原因是探望我三个月前开始约会的男人。我们多年来一直是好朋友,所以已经有了熟悉的基础,但是现在我们能够更深入地倾向于我们的关系非常高兴。FaceTiming 和短信已经很多了,所以最终亲自聚集在一起是一份礼物。我们必须简单地一起 * 在一起,安静地阅读,坐在后台上沉默,观看伟大的加拿大烘焙表演,携手走路。在上述 “慢慢走” 中,我们必须体验与在一起的安静喜悦,感到安全、知名和安心。要知道并认识另一个是 Gezellig.Hezelligg 是时候离开了,离开除了 gezellig 之外的任何东西。离开我喜欢的那些和我喜欢的地方。但是,关于爱情,这是一件有趣的事情 —— 它可能是一件大事。因此,在这里,在这个我没有长大的小镇里,在我只认识四年的人中,心灵感觉在家里。我到达格兰德黑文的第一站是去朋友家,那里有一个三年的孩子向我大喊 “WARA!”还有一个一岁的孩子伸出怀抱。值得欢迎的是 gezellig。过去三个星期日在加拿大意味着当密歇根州全部接种疫苗的人员的口罩要求解除时,我已经离开了。所以这个星期天对我来说是一个情绪化的。我坐在平台上的椅子上,凝视着无面罩的海面 —— 一年多来我没有看到完整的面孔。然后他们开始唱歌。“啊敬拜国王,上面都是光荣的。”声音不受阻碍。强壮。在很多人中。快乐的声音。教会的声音。Tis 再次成为自己是 Gezellig.gezellig 最终也许是这样翻译的最佳方法:自己的乐趣。已知。喜欢。欢迎。回家。完全像一样。也许 Covid 会让事情感觉比以前更加 gezellig。也许我们比以前更渴望 gezelligheid。但是我现在真的不想分析所有这些。我只是想感谢,在漫长而艰难的一年之后,我已经经历了这么多的 gezellig。为了祈祷这样的 gezelligheid 能继续下去并且比比皆是。

Laura de Jong

Laura de Jong serves as pastor of Second Christian Reformed Church in Grand Haven, Michigan.

13 Comments

  • mstair says:

    happy for you
    may we all be blessed with like experiences to appreciate

  • Brad Aupperlee says:

    My phlegm sounds are sorely lacking….but thanks for sharing a new word with us non-Dutch speakers. I’m so glad you got to enjoy your family and friends after such a long time apart!

  • Henk Ottens says:

    As one of the mask-less faces in your congregation I’m relieved that you’ve found gezelligheid on both sides of the border and that you’re content to be back in your home away from home. We appreciate you very much and pray God’s blessings on you and your important work at Second.

  • Jan Zuidema says:

    So perfect. Even though pulpit supply while you were gone was people we love to welcome into our midst, it was gezellig to have you back, refreshed and filled with the Spirit. On top of that, a new Dutch word that is as perfect as verplempt!

  • Carol Sybenga says:

    Oh Laura…gezellig… my fabourite Dutch word. I use it so often that the keyboard on my phone will bring the word up as soon as I begin to write ge.. 😊 Thank you for this…I read it through tears.

  • Daniel Meeter says:

    It’s a voorpret just to see your name and your title at the top of the posting

  • PHIL DEHAAN says:

    A very nice piece. Thanks Laura. I crossed into Canada in mid-April too, and a tear may have clouded my vision as I was released from the border and my on-site COVID test and pointed my vehicle east on the 402 to do the final 65 miles or so to mom’s house in Exeter. The pandemic has certainly brought into sharper focus the gift of gezellig, as did your reflections.

  • Henry Baron says:

    You made me a bit homesick for echt Dutch gezelligheid, Laura.
    Gezellig includes the word and meaning of gezel = companion.
    For feeling gezellig you need to be in the company of the fight companions.
    You were. And are. May you always be.

    • Henry Baron says:

      Oops! A “fight” companion might not make for real gezelligheid. Please make it the “right” companion.

  • Karl says:

    You have gloriously expanded my understanding of gezelligheid. Thank you! And blessings on your new companionship!!

  • David E Stravers says:

    A word for the New Earth coming?

    • Daniel Meeter says:

      Well, yes. “Gezelligheid heeft geen tijd!” dwz Gezelligheid has no time! It’s timeless, and maybe eternal.

  • Jack Kooyman says:

    Thank you for reminding us about this rich and beautiful word and experience. It strikes me that gezellig–which I learned about from my Dutch immigrant parents–is a small taste or glimpse of God’s reign of shalom.

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