Kinderjik Girl on the Windmill

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Who is that girl perched high on the wall
Peeking at us // she knows she won’t fall
Kinderjik girl lives in a windmill // right along the canal near by
Dreams her summer days away    watching tourists floating by
Doesn’t think it unusual to live in such a place
All her neighbors live in the same kind of space
As her mom hangs the family’s wash on the line
 She watches clouds floating and passes the time
Not much to do on a warm summer day
But dream of boys and while the time away

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Photos: Dwight L. Roth

On our trip up the Rhine River last summer, we stopped at Kinderjik to see the windmills. It was a fascinating place to visit. They took us to a working windmill and showed us all around. On the way we passed several others, but the one with the little girl caught my camera’s eye!  All of the windmills have families living in them. We were told there is a waiting list for people wanting to live there.

 

22 thoughts on “Kinderjik Girl on the Windmill

  1. Kinderdijk is beautiful. And the pictures and words make it into a kind of fairytale. The girl is sitting so relaxed, like this is the only right way of passing summer day time. I think she will remember these days for the rest of her life. ‘Once upon a time I live in a windmill’, she will tell her children. ‘And in summer, when the sun stood high, I would…’

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