Fuck, I am who I am / Rebecca Groen

Rebecca Louise Groen, aged 49 & 1/2.

Rebecca lives in the Netherlands with her husband, her son (18) and daughter (16). She moved to Amsterdam in 1998 for work, and stayed for love. Rebecca started her career in marketing FMCG before discovering that Energy is her passion. She now works as Director Biofuels for a privately owned Dutch multinational.

What makes you laugh?

Lots of things - big and small; I love to laugh. My family make me laugh, I love watching stand up comedy (last time was last summer at the Edinburgh festival), and I really appreciate comedy in written form, word play or descriptions in books and articles written by clever people.

When did you last cry?

Cry as in eyes watered and sad - yesterday watching a news item about a man who can't visit his wife with Dementia because of Coronavirus. He feels the loss and that gets me. My eyes well up at something or other on a daily basis. Cry as in bawl and wail - last year when I heard a dear friend had lost her battle to cancer, far, far too young.

What’s your earliest memory?

Playing 'house' with my sister, in my 1970s magic paisley printed wallpaper amazing dark green doll's house my Dad made.

Describe what ‘love’ means to you.

The knowledge that I'd do anything to make my family and friends happy / comforted / safe if I could - and that they would do the same for me.

What makes you unique to everyone else on this planet?

Everyone is unique! I think I am good at empathy and like being around people.

Name 3 people (living or dead) you’d invite to your virtual quarantine dinner party.

I started off thinking about all kinds of famous people I'd like to meet / talk to... but then, they might disappoint.. and quarantine dinner party could turn out to last a looooong time. So I decided I'll invite my Mum & Dad and my sister. I know I can spend a huge amount of time with them and love it.

Describe yourself in 5 words (this can be a sentence or 5 separate words).

Loyal, Engaging, Passionate, Interested (you could say nosy), Lucky!

Who or what has made the greatest impact on your life?

Gotta be Martin. He is my rock, my soul mate, my better half. Takes me seriously but doesn't let me take myself too seriously. Still makes me weak at the knees whilst being very grounding. One of the things I knew very early on when I met Martin was that I wanted to have children with him. It took a bit of medical intervention here and there (oh and some near death experiences for both premature Jacob and 7 new litres of blood transfusion after liver failure. Was a bit easier the second time around - although Ella had almost choked herself on the umbilical cord and had jaundice. Luckily they are both strapping healthy wonderful human beings now!

Any regrets?

Nope. Don't do regrets!

Tell us something no one knows about you (and I mean no-one)? Until now.

I have wracked my brain to think of something that no-one knows, but there really isn't anything!! I'm obviously a sharer. Maybe you can make something out of the story of a snog on a stage in Kobe with a gorgeous but sadly not interested in me gay god way back in 1992 or there abouts. :-)