Here, Have Some Cake

Yarn cakeHey, lookie here - it's the perfect yarn cake. 0 calories and tons of fun to play with;) There's another reason to celebrate besides getting my pictures included in a knitting pattern - yesterday was Estonia's 90th independence day.
HB, H and I attended a local celebration in Portland. It was somewhat odd to see so many Estonians at once considering I've had minimal contact with other Estonians the last three years. There were performances, speeches and well, what can only be called social dancing. Bunny hopping perhaps?;) They tried to recruit us for folk dancing/singing and I *might* even do that. I'd love to be in Tallinn in 2009 just for that. The last time I danced there I was just 8 years old (Youth Song and Dance Festival in 1989?). I was there as a singer 4 years later so I'm lucky to have had both experiences.

Isamaa ilu hoieldes (Keeping the beauty of fatherland)

Keeping the beauty of fatherland.
Fighting against the enemy:
Pay attention, pay attention,
Pay attention, pay attention!

If you believe in yourself,
In opinions of the wise,
In shoulders of the strong,
In mightiness of the elders,
In nimbleness of young men,
In sisters, brothers,
Above all in yourself,
Then you get better life.

If you believe the talk of the wolf,
Fear the yelps of the dogs,
Hear the curses of the masters,
Complains of the underlings,
Bitings of the greedy,
Admonishments of the low ones,
Scolds of the blind,
Then you get nothing.

If you sink into lies,
Stooping into dreams,
On all fours under the order,
Bowing under the ruble,
Then you get fleas in groin,
Itches in your heart,
Halters on your head, bones in your stomach,
Then you go to hell.

If you believe in yourself,
Then you believe in the folk,
In the farms, in the wiseness,
In the teaching, in the rights,
In the birch grove of home place,
In the swallow by the clouds,
Then you get mighty spirit,
Then you get better life.

There's different versions of this song out there - a very 90s version vs. Youth Song and Dance Festival versions from July, 2007.


  • everyday life
  • Estonia
  • Portland

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