STAGE 7 - westerbork II - Listen, your body speaks
Dear pilgrim, dear friend,
The Challenge Team has asked me to come and collect you at your hotel today so we can find together a nice and quiet place where you can become more aware of your body and listen to yourself. If you ask me, this chap Fernando, has quite lost it. You know... all this stuff about our body talking to us and all that. I just don’t get it! I don’t know... my body has never had much of a conversation with me… The most I have heard of it is my stomach growling around mid-morning in the desperate crave for a bite. And, well, I have had to answer back with some food to hush the fuss...
So, I’ll tell you what I have thought of for us today. Surely, after yesterday’s visit to Westerbork, most pilgrims will be heading elsewhere today and if we go back there, ourselves, we shall find some solitude and the necessary silence for some introspection and maybe even find Etty’s echoing voice.
Did you know Etty is often referred to as weak of health? Yet, as a member of the Jewish Counsel she was allowed to return to Amsterdam to recover herself whenever she became ill, and it was, precisely, during confinement that she learnt to become aware of her body and to listen to what it had to say. So here we are... our body does speak, after all!
But, our body, as does our soul, has needs of its own that also claim to be satisfied, as today’s special guest would have said. According to Simone Weil, social order should enable our human nature to be enlightened in its essence. Although these thoughts are worth of a great philosopher, her commitment with labour class realities was also worth of admiration.
This peregrination keeps challenging us into meeting wonderful, enthusiastic, and full of hope characters that shine their own light. Sometimes I wonder, and cannot help but look up with a bold face asking myself what have I done after all these years of studious reading and believing myself to be knowledgeable. How come I have not met any of these truly wondrous and meaningful personalities? But then, again, back to reality I’m glad that at least I have had the chance to meet you, my dear friend, and share the taxi ride.
Let’s get going, let’s go back to Westerbork. Are we all done and ready?
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RECIPE OF THE DAY: DUTCH BISCUITS
¼ kg. corn flour
¼ kg. flour
150 gr. icing sugar
¼ kg. butter
1 coffee spoon of baking powder
1 egg (big)
icing for decorations
Put all the ingredients into a bowl, except for the egg that shall be set apart and wipe your hands clean. Add the full egg and mix it all into a nice dough.
Smoothly stretch the dough until it is 5mm thick. Cut out small circles 7cm diameter. They are easier to eat!
Lay your cut-out circles on a roaster covered with foil oven paper and in to the pre-heated 180° oven. Leave in for 20 minutes and take out while they are still pale white.
After cooling, decorate with icing to make them look and taste nicer!