Saturday 4th April 2015 - The Letter D.
D is for 'Dra-på-lakan' which is Swedish for 'Fitted sheets'.
I know, I put the Swedish word first this time. I had a hard time choosing an English word for 'D'. I mean, besides the word 'dog' there are a lot of sad words that begin with the letter 'D', such as 'destruction', 'disaster', 'dead', 'dismal' and 'dumb', etc. I think you know what I mean.
This way, I get to honour the memory of Tina Downey in a very concrete way. In one of her posts of 'Postcards from Sweden', she writes how difficult it was to make a bed when she was growing up in Sweden. There was no such thing as a fitted sheet. You tucked a flat sheet onto a thin mattress-pad as a bottom-sheet and hoped that it would stay put. It never did. Read about it here in her post for the letter 'H' about the Swedish word 'hoppa', which means 'hop' in English.
I wrote to Tina and told her that Sweden was progressing: there are now fitted sheets in different sizes for anyone and everyone to purchase and enjoy. And the Swedish word for 'fitted sheets' is 'dra-på-lakan', literally 'pull-on sheets'.