i don't know if the text i posted before is any good...i wote it as i felt inspired by my research which helps me at the moment at least a little not to think of the problems in my life.
some years ago when i was at business college and had to present my diploma work about itchy feet to my german teacher, he asked me: "do you know where the work homesickness is coming from?". i made a wrong guess. he told me it comes from switzerland.
ad indeed it is so! as i realised some days ago that i would really like to try and rewrite the heidi story into something heartbreaking and contemporary, i began to research. another thing i learnt here: i guess you can't really make such a performance or rewrite such a story without detailed research. and i love to do it...so i went online and started.
on wikipedia there is a fantastic explanation of homesickness (in german though) and a link to a very interesting essay. in his essay as well as on wikipedia it was said, that mostly young swiss men in earlier times died of homesickness, especially when they've heard a certain really popular melody that time from switzerland. homesickness is even called the "swiss sickness" as mostly it's said that swiss people are especially vulnerable to this.
i will also read heidi for the first time in my life. yes as a child i had a heidi picture book taken from the tv series (japanese ones) and i always watched them too.
i remember how i was about 4 and i was asking my mum, why kerstin couldn't learn how to walk as clara in the heidi story did. i can still hear my mum saying: "no that isn't possible, michelle"