Anna-Lisa Gustava Holm – Day 12

Day 12, Sunday: What do you miss? (a person, a thing, a place, a time of your life…)

  • Annalisa \a-nnali-sa, ann(a)-lisa\ as a girl’s name of Latin origin, and the meaning of Annalisa is “Graced with God’s bounty”.
  • Gustava \g(u)-sta-va, gus-tava\ as a girl’s name is of Swedish origin, and the meaning of Gustava is “Staff of the God’s”. Feminine form of Gustave, a royal name in Sweden.

Anna-Lisa Gustava Holm is my grandmother. Surprisingly, you commonly come across the name Anna-Lisa in Italy, but I have never meet anyone – anywhere in the world – with the name Gustava.

My grandmother was born in the 1920’s in the small fisherman village Strömstad – a town beautifully key-positioned as the last stop in Sweden before arriving in Norway – tucked between the archipelago and the mountainous green. She arrived to this world as the youngest of three daughters, but was by no means the typical youngest-child-persona. Instead, she embodied all the virtues that makes strong women, wives and mothers – unselfishness, compassion, loyalty and dedication. She always thought about others first – not because of karma or the golden rule – simply because this was how she was.

As a young adult with a great amount of wanderlust she made her way from Strömstad to Gothenburg – at that point in time a journey perhaps similar to my own move to Asia. She meet my grandfather at polketten dance-hall in the city’s amusements park Liseberg – appropriately derived from the name Lisa’s Berg (Lisa’s Mountain). It was love at first sight and she never left his side – for better and for worse. Despite being widowed for more than twenty-years, she kept her promise intact and never let her heart to anyone else. She was a true romantic who above everything believed in love and in the good of people.

She gave the best advises – Pick a guy who doesn’t drink. Check. Sleep on it. True. Worry about tomorrow doesn’t solve anything today. Genius!. The the kind of advices that only a 90-year old person – who have already lived through it all – would be able to give.

Where ever in the universe she is now – I’m sure she fully lives up to the meaning of “Staff of the God’s” – feverishly running around serving coffee and ensuring everyone is OK. Just the way she always did.


Day 1, Wednesday: The story of your life in 250 words or less (or one paragraph… no one will be counting your words… probably)
Day 2, Thursday:
 Educate us on something you know alot about or are good at. Take any approach you’d like (serious and educational or funny and sarcastic)

Day 3, Friday: Things that make you uncomfortable
Day 4, Saturday: Favorite quote (from a person, from a book, etc) and why you love it
Day 5, Sunday: Publicly profess your love and devotion for one of your blogger friends. What makes them great? Why do you love them? If you don’t have blogger friends, talk about a real-life friend or even a family member
Day 6, Monday: If you couldn’t answer with your job, how would you answer the question, ‘what do you do’?
Day 7, Tuesday: The thing(s) you’re most afraid of
Day 8, Wednesday: A piece of advice you have for others. Anything at all.
Day 9, Thursday: A moment in your day (this can be just a photo or both a photo and words)
Day 10, Friday: Most embarrassing moment (s). Spill.
Day 11, Saturday: Sell yourself in 10 words or less
Day 12, Sunday: What do you miss? (a person, a thing, a place, a time of your life…)
Day 13, Monday: Issue a public apology. This can be as funny or as serious or as creative as you want it to be.
Day 14, Tuesday: Ten things that make you really happy
Day 15, Wednesday: A Day in the life (include photos from throughout your typical day – this could be “a photo an hour” if you’d like)
Day 16, Thursday: Something difficult about your “lot in life” and how you’re working to overcome it
Day 17, Friday: A favorite photo of yourself and why
Day 18, Saturday: Tell a story from your childhood. Dig deep and try to be descriptive about what you remember and how you felt.
Day 19, Sunday: Five of your favorite blogs and what you love about them
Day 20, Monday: Get real. Share something you’re struggling with right now.
Day 21, Tuesday: A list of links to your favorite posts in your archives
Day 22, Wednesday: Rant about something. Get up on your soapbox and tell us how you really feel. (a pet peeve, a current event, a controversial topic, something your husband or roommate or neighbor or boss does that really ticks you off)
Day 23, Thursday: Things you’ve learned that school won’t teach you
Day 24, Friday: Your top 3 worst traits
Day 25, Saturday: Something someone told you about yourself that you’ll never forget (good or bad)
Day 26, Sunday: Something you read online. Leave a link and discuss, if you’d like.
Day 27, Monday: A letter to your readers
Day 28, Tuesday: Only pictures
Day 29, Wednesday: Five songs or pieces of music that speak to you or bring back memories. Use Grooveshark or YouTube to include them in the post
Day 30, Thursday: React to this term: Letting Go
Day 31, Friday: A vivid memory


6 Responses to “Anna-Lisa Gustava Holm – Day 12”
  1. Isabel, thank you so much for the kind comment you left on my post. This photograph of your grandmother is beautiful. It captures so much personality! My nanna passed away last year, she was 90, her advice was “dance – do the jitterbug and drink – drink gin!” 🙂

  2. Katy says:

    What a beautiful post

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