Co-worker, Freedom Furniture Thorndon, 1999
Nelleke was the first Dutch person I ever met. Her famly was in Holland so she acted like a mother to all us poor students that worked at the furniture store part time - asking about our exams, making us cakes on our birthdays.
(She once brought in a photo of herself as a teenager, in a bikini on a beautiful beach in Europe somewhere: smoking hot.)
These days I live in Holland and I think of her often. I see Nellekes at the supermarket, in the park, at the traffic lights. Even Queen Bea is Nelleke to me.