I don’t see the family as a amalgam of individuals. I see it as a cast in a play. Each family member has his of her role and together – through the respective roles – they tell a story: the family story. 

Amsterdam-South, last week. I was waiting for my train in the shade next to a Starbucks. A young woman in her twenties approached me, perhaps she was nineteen. In The Netherlands it’s hard to tell sometimes – women can be tall and sturdy.