Bearing in Mind The TAKK Spirit (#100/100)

Bearing in mind 🙂

by Ulla Virtanen, TAKK

This little teddy bear is the last one of its kind, the TAKK bear. It is the last of the big pack of TAKK teddy bears we used to have and give to partners. Actually, I took one to Spain in 2007.

I believe this bear is The One with the true TAKK Spirit (we are famous for it) and therefore he or she (I don’t know which one it is?) has to be held kindly and with compassion. BEARing in mind, bearing in heart, bearing through the hard times and “bearing” in the meaning of “carrying something new inside”.

Thank you for the journey of 100 blogs this year with You all.

Happy New Year, fellows!

Christmas Brunch (#96/100)

Breakfast and lunch digested into one meal, makes up the brunch of TAKK, the TAKK style. Brunch turns into ”brunssi” in Finnish, which is a ”Finnslation” of the word. Originally the word ”brunch” came up in the context of the late 1800’s partyswingers, having the first meal of the day slightly later on Sunday (fits also the Finnish ”pikkujoulu”, little Christmas). However, our brunch in TAKK has no prior party agenda, nor the cheerfulness of the socialites. We’ve had out breakfast before the ”brunssi” and we will work for the whole day.

Brunching in TAKK

TAKK brunch today gathered together a whole bunch of brunchers – both students and staff members of TAKK. There were many typical breakfast items served, such as rice pastries, eggs, rye bread and fruits, but also the approaching Christmas was there on the serving tables: rice porridge with cinnamon, ham slices, glogg (glögi) and bundt cake. Pls see here for yourself.

10 days to Christmas.

Saunas of TAKK (#93/100)

Nirva C sauna stove

by Ulla Virtanen, TAKK

Remember the blogs of Coffee (#40) and Winter (#80)? Well, one very important Finnish element is missing: SAUNA. How could I have forgot it until blog #93? Almost as impossible as forgetting your own head – in Finland.

Saunas and us. History of sauna in very brief, in size of this blog. Sauna [sauna], not [soona], is most likely the most sacred place of the Finns (forest is a bad competitor). It used to be the cleanest place in the home, the warmest (well, yeah) and the most spiritual one. Did-you-know that the name sauna refers to the stove, pack of hot stones that gives you the steam with water thrown on the pile. Sauna in the olden days was the place to be born in, to smoke meat, to wash clothes, to dry grains and to be washed for the last time before the eternal journey, to mention perhaps the most important functions. Even nowadays, you do not curse in the sauna, as the sauna elf (saunatonttu) might get mad at you and then the hell is loose. All in all, sauna is a haven and perhaps even a heaven to many.

Saunas of TAKK. There are three of them (to my knowledge). I am not sure whether they are cleaner than the rest of the premises or whether they are very spiritual places, but we sure warm them up many times a month, do not dare to curse there (too much), some of us are “reborn” there after the working hours and sometimes we enjoy grain there in a more refined form – after working hours, of course. Many meeting are finished by having a TAKK sauna, pikkujoulu (Little Christmas) is certainly started in all TAKK saunas and recreation days are nothing without the sauna.

PS. I do have to add SISU on the list. More about that in #94.

Fathers of Finland (#86/100)

What a day, Father’s day. Let’s look at fathers of Finland.

Statistically, 57,3% of Finnish men are fathers, two out of three. The average age of becoming a father in Finland is 31 years. One father has in average 2,25 children and fathers spend in average 4 hours and a quarter with their children under the age of 10, every day. That’s a lot! See ”Isät tilastoissa 2017” and ”Isät tilastoissa 2016” by Tilastokeskus, Statistics Finland.

Historically and socially, fathers and fatherhood came into the picture strongly with the 1960’s and 1970’s, sharing the parenthood with the mothers. 1990’s brought the fathers into the estrade and publicity through ”I stories”, me as a father. Still today, it is the ”Time of the fathers”, as for example Ilana Aalto has shown in her thesis.

Father’s day is every day. One can become father in so many ways. For example biologically, through adoption, through spouse or other form of life events. When talking of the father of the nation, definitely the talk turns to our president, Mr Sauli Niinistö. That, too is parenthood. Many great men of the past times have been fathers of this and that, to mention a few, fathers of literature, of society, of law or of community. Taking care, participating, caring and also needing the children there, whoever they are, is fatherhood. I’d say that our Finnish fathers in Finland of 100 years are very ”pro” in so many ways. Not only in fatherhood.

Happy Father’s Day to everyone!

Top Trainer of Household Services (#81/100)

TAKK’s top trainer Sanna Salminen – congratulations!

We are so very proud of our trainer, Sanna Salminen, to receive the award ”Trainer of the Year in Household Services” from Suomen kotityöpalveluyhdistys ry in Mikkeli on the 11th of October. Salminen is a multitalented and experienced trainer in the sector and gets high quality feedback on her customer service – thus certainly earning the title. Continue reading

Lovely, Intriguing Midsummer (#50/100)

Midsummer – the nightless night in Finland

This is the Time. To unwind.

To change into flip-flops (I just counted, I have 11 pairs…),

to listen to the summer rain drops,

to smell the cut grass,

and lay still in the world class:

Midsummer of Finland.

– Ulla