A Good Sense of Smell


Imagine my surprise when on a dreary day in March 2005, my Norwegian husband came home from work and made this announcement:

“There was a meeting at work today, and I was asked to work in Houston for the next two years!”

After living fifteen years in Norway, this Jersey girl was finally going home. Well, not exactly…

In a blur of packing and unpacking we made our way to the lone-star state, where we lived for the next two years in an elegant home on a quite cul-de-sac.

It was at my sons bus stop where I met the other ladies of the cul-de-sac. Congregating at eight o’clock in the morning, dressed in work-out-attire, clutching mugs of steaming hot coffee and squeezing any scrap of fresh gossip they could from one another. (Note to self…bring a cup of tea to the bus stop with me tomorrow) I felt exactly as if were on Wisteria Lane.

I showed up, introduced myself and we quickly fell into a one sided question and answer session. They already knew we were from Norway because they knew someone, who knew someone, who knew our landlord. Long after the bus had driven off with our children one of them remarked on how good I spoke English, for being Norwegian. I set the record straight, letting them know I came from New Jersey! Which in turn opened a conversation on how I met my husband and ended up living in Norway.

Long story short, I don’t think any of them made it to yoga that morning and by the time I finished telling my story one of them said, “I think I smell a book.”

Well, she must have had a very good nose because here I am seven years later, on my way to The Hague, for my book launch on Friday!

About maggiemyklebust

I grew up on the Jersey Shore and now live in Norway. I have also lived in Houston and the Netherlands. I have written a memoir called Fly Away Home.

Posted on April 17, 2012, in writing and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.

  1. An incredible life and a wonderful book! Enjoy the next few days – how many people have been to their OWN book launch?? Safe travels, will celebrate with you Friday!

  2. I’ve got goose bumps!!! I am so excited and so very proud of you!! Also, thanks for the great picture of me on page 9! I love you Margaret!!!

  3. I am so excited for you, Maggie! Enjoy every moment of this trip – I mean the physical, emotional, creative trip! I loved this section of your book, lovely to revisit it! 🙂 With all good wishes. x

  4. I am so excited and honored to be celebrating with you in the Hague on Friday. How many people can say the have a friend that wrote a book. See you tomorrow.

  5. Good luck Maggie, hope it all goes well.

  6. Found you through Jena’s blog. Good luck with the book–I hope to read it soon. It’s always wonderful to find another American (or other non-Norwegian) who has managed to navigate their way through the madness and come up smiling on the other side of it all. 21 months into our Norwegian adventure, I feel like I’m at a pretty low spot.

    Incidentally, my mom told me, as they moved with an 18-month old Me from California to Minnesota for my father’s first (and lifelong) academic position and held their breath that this would be OK, that “home is where Daddy is”. She repeated this to me as my husband and I moved with our 28 month old daughter to Norway. Home is wherever your little own family unit is, and if you’re all together, then you’re Home.

  7. I’ve been in living Norway for a long time now and I’m not going to lie, somedays I still feel pretty low. With that being said, there are far worse places to live and I always feel safe here. Its a beautiful country (I just wish they talked English) and my home is here. I guess what I’m trying to say is; your mother sounds like a smart woman.

    Thanks for stopping by, you’re welcome anytime 🙂

  8. I also found you from Jena’s blog and you have quickly sucked me in to your world. I am looking forward to your book and future blog entries. My father was a Norwegian immigrant and I grew up on the Delaware shore. Most of my family is in Norway and I always miss them. All the best to you!

  9. Oh yeah, thats quite the Norwegian name you have. My brothers grew up in America with the names Hans and Ludvig Myklebust. Where in Norway was your father from?

    I appreciate you stopping in and come back soon.
    Thank you, Jon Anders.

  10. He was from Bergen. I was “made” there, but born here, so I was a citizen before either of my parents. In Norway the last name starts with an Ø, but that doesn’t work here. I spent the day after Prom on the beach at Ocean City, NJ, but that was looooong ago.

  11. Interesting!
    It seems we have a few things in common…

  12. How Exciting! The book launch! Can’t wait to hear all about it!
    I will be cheering you from cyberspace, Maggie!! ~ Lily

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