This Dutch phrase, directly translated as ‘coziness knows no time’, means that when you feel coziness and comfort, time doesn’t exist. Gezelligheid is a great word to describe our time with family in Holland. Our wonderful time in Holland has flown by too quickly. Our bonds with our Dutch family have been strengthened. It’s difficult to leave. To add an English phrase…”Time flies when you’re having fun”.
Our kids have had a great time getting to know their second cousins. They spent countless hours laughing, playing, and talking with each other. They’ve gained close friends through their time together. I can easily foresee our kids coming back to visit family here in Holland in the future. And, who knows, maybe some of the Dutch family will come again to visit us in Canada. Thankfully, through the use of the online communication these kids are so used to, they can all keep in touch with each other in the meantime.
Throughout our time in Holland, I’ve been reminded of the strength and importance of family. This Aaldijk family has demonstrated that spending time together is important, that caring for each other is important, and that loyalty to each other is important. I deeply appreciate their love, their generousity, and their hospitality. They have embraced us with open arms (and the typical Dutch three cheek-to-cheek kisses) and have welcomed us into their homes and into their lives. We look forward to our next time together.