much, she interfered. And when she did that, we began to communicateand negotiate with our eyes only - silently. When grandpa showed that hesaid no, well after grandma has demanded that he would not give meanything, I began to make noise and walk restlessly around the apartmentuntil grandpa gave up in the end, and he went outside the apartment justto hand over the 2 kroner – of course, without grandmom noticing. Hihihi.
My grandmother’s name is Julie Berthelsen. They have named meafter my grandmom. My grandmom’s maiden name was Barlaj. And as faras I can remember, grandmother came from a settlement calledUummanna near Nuuk, and grew up in another settlement called NuupNarsaa. Grandmother told that there once was an outbreak of tuberculoses in her childhood. She had 5 sisters and brothers. Their fatherand his wife and 2 of the children died of the disease. So when theybecame orphans, grandmom and her 3 sisters and brothers were adoptedby other families, separatly. Grandmom moved to Nuuk and started aneducation as midwife later, at the old hospital. It was during 2. World War,when American soldiers were stationed in Nuuk. The Americans were veryhappy to visit the old hospital, and some of them had given grandmomsome small gifts. That made grandfather - who was a young man then,very anxious, so he asked grandmother to marry him, and she said yesand stopped her education because she got married. Grandmom showedme one of the gifts from the American soldiers, a small powderbox, with alittle mirror in it. I inherited it later and its still here. Hehe.
First - when he was put to the hospital for observation, I came downto visit him. I got very surprised to see how ill he looked. I was about 13 or14 years old then, and knew that old people used to get sick and wereadmitted to the hospital for a while until they felt ok again. I rememberthat the room was dark, but I don’t remember how the weather was,because the curtains were down. All hisbedclothes were white, he was also wearing a white hospitalpyjamas, andI dont remember if he was wearing his old, big glasses or not. I justremember that his hair has gotten quite wispy. He use to use hairwax tokeep his hair steady and shiny. And I noticed that he had got quite thinner.He was alone in this room. And I remember all these rubber tubes thatwere linked to him. I don’t remember whether they were put into his noseor into his arms. Well, I was about to cry and got very afraid and scared,but I bottled it up. I think I kissed him on his forehead, because he was mygrandfather and I loved him. He was very happy to see me. I don’tremember exactly what he said, but I think that he said my nickname:Paneeraq ( little daughter). My family calls me Paneeraq. I don’t rememberwhat we talked about. But sometimes when we were together, we just satthere and said nothing, but just enjoy each other’s company.
Sound of decanter
I went home at the end of that evening. The next day I went straightover to grandmother´ s house after school, I was going to get somecleaning equipment to clean up mother´ s apartment before arrival. WhenI got into my grandparents apartment I saw grandpa was home. He was