AN ABUNDANCE OF JOY – NADIŽA, THE NAPOLEON BRIDGE
We went on a family trip with my brother's family, my mum, dad, and their dog. I love my family, but I always doubt if everything is going to go according to plan. My brother and my boyfriend are always teasing my dad, my mum is "raising" my brother's kids in her own way, and my sister-in-law and I are, as we're being told, always nagging too much about how important it is to eat healthy. But all these "character flaws" actually make us unique. We like spending time together.
My brother suggested we go see the Nadiža River where refreshing water is close at hand. My mum prepared a whole lot of food. She stored it into Viva set of dishes with lids, took the jug and glasses, and kept on bragging the whole way on this great gift she'd gotten for her birthday. As if she wanted to make sure we've got nothing to say against how she packed the food. I just nodded, smiling to myself: dear Mum who always wants to make sure everybody's happy.
When we arrived, the boys threw themselves into the water to pose a little for us, girls, before returning, famished, requesting food. The jug of home-made ice tea emptied itself while we were preparing food and dolling it out on plates. The sun was warm, my dad was explaining to the kids the story of the Napoleon bridge idyllically rounding up the image of the Nadiža basin, and the rest of us were happily purring on the river bank. "More such days," I said to myself, "many more!"
The water was surprisingly warm, we had no issue parking in the arranged parking spots, and it all went smoothly. In my memory, bathing at the Nadiža River remains the location pampering you with wonderful vistas, refreshing you with its pleasant water and, after listening to your father tell stories about the bridge, makes you go back in time just a little bit. So you can dream a little.