July 20th is the day we celebrate Margareta in Sweden, which in Spanish is Margarita, and translated to English is Daisy. This week is called the women’s week (funtimmersveckan) because each day celebrates a girl/woman: Sara, Margareta, Johanna, Magdalena, Emma, Cristina. I hope I have remembered it right.
When I was a kid we celebrated the Margareta Day. My grandmother on my father’s side never forgot it. Did she send me a card every year? I don’t remember. Since we lived in South America I only saw her on two occasions to celebrate Margareta. As a teenager I had three occasions. Then she went to be with the Lord.
Margareta is my second name and I use it for all my writings for children. When I started publishing Take-Home-Papers I chose the name La Perlita, which means The Little Pearl. Little did I know that it fitted perfectly, since Margarita is of Greek origin and means pearl.
I don’t have my “Farmor” anymore to remember my Margareta Day, so I will just celebrate myself. It will be another evening at McDonald’s so my granddaughter can “play-off” some energy. It is sweltering hot outside. She has been busy today fixing some surprises for everyone at home. That is something very special about this girl, thinking about everyone in her family. She came with big plans of buying “big” stuff for everyone, but since she had an “invisible” pocketbook she had to settle for some things she could make herself. But, aren’t those the best things? Her name is not Margareta, but she is a pearl.
My parents didn’t know it, but they chose the perfect name for me. Kerstin (derives from Christian) and Margareta to fit perfectly with La Perlita story papers for children. And I married Bengt (from Benedictus, the Blessed). It can’t get better than that!
I’m wishing myself a Happy Margarita Day!