Sylvia Jordt, Delta, Canada
|I was born in Groesbeek in 1954, that was where my father(Jan Eykhout) lived, but my mom(Cecilia Plamont)I came from Nymegen, She came from a family of 11, and they lived in the nierstraat 52, where one of my aunts still lives today.
My whole childhood was mostly spent in Nymegen because Groesbeek at that time was a pretty small town. Mondays we would go to the Markt and my mom would buy fish all packed in Newspaper and she would put it on the back of her motorbike and I would sit on top. Nice warm way to ride. There were Weddings and Anniversaries and all sorts of way in which we came together. Those are my fondest memories. My oldest Uncle Franz had 11 Kids and all the others had 5 or 6, so there were always many many cousins to play with. I have an aunt and uncle who live in the Van TíStraat, they have lived in the same house for over 50 years and going back there to visit is like being a kid again. It is the same and very comforting
My father worked at the Swift and every year at St Nicholas day, they would have this great party with swarte piet and Sinta Klaas and weíd all get gifts.
My parents emigrated to Canada in 1963, I was 8 years old. My father had a sister who had come here as a warbride and another sister & brother who had followed her and they convinced my dad that Canada was the place to be. My mom & dad worked hard for what they had, they did well and enjoyed their life,, but you have to admit , here is a way different lifestyle and I donít honestly know if it was the best thing for them to do, My relatives in Holland have done pretty well, some more than others, but that is everywhere. I have lived here most of my life but coming here at 8 years old I grew up fast, I learned the language much faster than my parents so I became their help in so many ways.
We live in Delta, which is about 25 miles out of Vancouver, I work at Vancouver City Hall and will be retiring in 2 years. My husband is a graphic design technician who really actually likes his work, We have a good life here, and I have my mom & dad to thank because they took such a scary step as moving here. They are both gone now too my dad in 86 and my mom in 99. I was last in Holland in 2001 for my aunt & uncles 50th anniversary and it was a wonderfull celebration, where everyone dressed up and they put on little skits and had people that they hadnít seen in years as a surprise, and I was the biggest surprise of all, because they didnít know I was coming. It was wonderful.
I plan on going again next year and in my retirement I plan on going back more often. There are just so many memories there, I love your website, I check it out all the time and when I get my moms pictures sorted out I will forward you some for she had many old pictures of Nymegen. Thanks