||A strange decade. I remember the 80's,
when most people laughed at bell-bottom jeans and afros, and the
early '90's, when people ridiculed the political idealism and the
big flower patterns in chocolate brown, orange and avocado. But
slowly, the tide began to turn. And today, when the 21st century
is over us and nobody really knows what the future will bring, we
look for safety in past decades - the flower power 60's, the cosy
50's, even the shoulder-padded body-building 80's. And, of course,
the decade of disco.
This was the wild youth of my parents. Everything
they learned during this decade has influenced me in some way
or another. According to my mother's memories, it was all about
partying, workshops, guys guys guys, especially ice-hockey players.
Remember, this was in Finland...
My father Deniz was an ice-hockey player, of course.
To the right: Graduation day at high school. The white student's
cap is a cherished symbol in Finland, surrounded by much hype,
unlike Sweden, where the high school exam has undergone an incredible
devaluation during the last decades (probably because it's so
undemocratic unless everybody can pass it). I've got the cap now,
but unfortunately the pretty tie has been lost in the fogs of
official page at work.
Below: Eija (long before she became my mother)
with little Priska. I
have to collect more old photos of her, she made many of her outfits
herself and really had that true 70's style! She is still a very
Both of my parents were incredibly beautiful in
their late teens. This seemed terribly unfair when I was 17 myself
and thought that I was the ugliest girl in the world. Some families
have some kind of beauty contests going on all the time, mother
commenting on daughter's clothes and makeup, father commenting
on son's weight problem - not in our family. Cons: I never
got any beauty tips from Mum and had to find out everything the
hard way. Pros: I never developed any eating disorders
or worried much about my looks, because I knew that I could be
myself at home. And eventually I turned out to be ridiculously