She could smell the thick, hazy air as she danced in jammed mosh pits with Olle. His blue eyes flashing dark and velvet.
And feel the cool, clear water dripping from Matthias’ long golden hair as they skinny dipped. His skin shimmering under the ripples.
“What is the most important quality in your future husband?”
And see the easy, carefree smile spreading across Nils’ face as they awoke. His long legs tangled in the sheets.
“Bring some cucumber water for her nerves.”
Her friends were sure she’d never return home. Much less agree to an arranged marriage.
“What is the most important quality in your future husband?” They repeated.
“Trygghet.” She said after a few minutes.
They raised their eyebrows.
“Something I learned in Sweden.”
Beauty of the World: In this series I use an “untranslatable word” in a story.
These wonderful words capture the beauty of languages around the world.
Trygghet (Swedish, n.): security, safety, confidence, certainty, trust.
For more wonderfully untranslatable words, see:
- Untranslatable Words, by Tim Lomas, PhD.
- Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words, by Ella Frances Sanders