jueves, 29 de septiembre de 2011

Bienvenida a Bélgica

La postal que envié a mis colegas y que colgaron en la sala de profesores del Instituto no era esta, pero el tema es el mismo. Y es que el día en que llegué a Bélgica, vestida, pardilla de mí, de septiembre barcelonés, la lluvia y el viento me dieron una de sus implacables bienvenidas. Las ráfagas destrozaron mi paraguas al salir del metro y me presenté en mi nuevo trabajo chorreando y aterida. Era su manera de decirme: Este es nuestro territorio, ¿te enteras?, y vas a tener que convivir con nosotros.

Y además, estaba sola, no conocía a nadie, mi compañero y mi familia se habían quedado en Barcelona. Fue un impacto.

A pesar de mi repudio inicial, viví seis años en Bélgica. O sea que me adapté, sí; y conviví, sí, con la lluvia y con el viento. Porque el país tiene muchas, muchísimas cosas buenas. Pero, sobre todo, porque los belgas fueron mis anfitriones, colegas y amigos. Bélgica es ahora “le plat pays qui est le mien” que cantaba Brel.

El viaje desde el rechazo al descubrimiento y finalmente, la adopción es lo que he querido contar en mi relato del que tantas cosas han quedado fuera. Cuatro o cinco páginas no pueden abarcar un océano de vivencias. Quizá irán apareciendo en otros relatos que escribo. Y, por qué no, quizá en este blog.

Nota: Esta entrada está escrita pensando en lo que diré en la presentación del libro esta tarde en la Llibreria Catalònia. Pero no solo hablaré de mi narración. También de la aventura virtual y coral de la gestación y nacimiento del libro.

Grabaremos todo el acto, no sé si en vídeo, pero seguro que en audio.

Conmigo estáis, conmigo vais

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  1. Cuando la vi en Lieja por primera vez en aquella multitudinaria jornada de formación de profesores de la red francófona belga me dije que no pegaba nada, pero nada, con la imagen que yo me había hecho – por experiencia propia - de los asesores culturales de la embajada. Todavía recuerdo mi asombro y el suyo, me atrevo a aventurar. La observé con deleite, como a una perla rara, desprovista de afeites, poderosamente humana.
    Ese descubrimiento inesperado fue el prologo de una serie de preciosos, felices e inverosímiles episodios: “Matilde en las tertulias de Thuin”, “Matilde en Philippeville,” “Matilde en Beaumont “(la route des tués, ¿te acuerdas?)
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    Hay encuentros que son manantiales que desalteran nuestra sed. Este libro lo es: lo he leído con deleite, complicidad, nostalgia y sonrisas. Gracias a los autores por la verdad que comparten, desprovista de afeites, con lirismo a veces, poderosamente humana: la didáctica de la vida.

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