As we wind down our last few days in Germany,
I cajoled my husband into one last photo adventure with our children in a nearby field.
In authentic German clothes of course.
Two years ago, when a dear friend of mine was moving, I brought flowers and a pineapple to her hotel room.
Flowers seem to be shared as often as handshakes here in Europe, and I wanted her last few days here in Germany to still feel like she was here. Part of a culture as old as written history. Castles and walled cities, corner cafes and gelato ice cream, fresh flowers from the market, and wine made from ancient vines.
The Pineapple was from a story she once told me about living in the deep south and touring the historic plantations. She had shared that ‘back in the day’ when it was normal for guests came to stay for a few days or weeks, a pineapple left at their door and or served for breakfast was an understood subtle suggestion that it was time to leave. Ahem.
Which is why I brought her a pineapple. It made her both laugh and cry.
Today as I sit at my borrowed table and chairs in an echoing empty house, I am filled with a mixture of excitement and sadness. During our 4 and a half years in Germany, Seth has been deployed for 24 months and in between we had another baby. Still, we’ve had the wonderful opportunity to see medieval castles, live in a foreign country, experience a different culture first hand, and walk on roads built by the romans. It has been a wonderful adventure. But it is time for us to go. The pineapple is at the door, and El Paso is calling our name.
We will be turning off our internet quite soon, so this will be my last blog post until we are settled in Pennsylvania at Mum mum’s house. We are also hoping to visit some extended family and go on our first family vacation to the Upper Penninsula of Michigan. I will check in now and then on facebook, twitter, and (after purchasing a new phone!) via instagram as well.
So – while we’re on vacation, I would love to hear from all of you – my dear readers.
What are your earliest and favorite memories of your childhood home?
Also – please share feel free to share what brought you to my blog, why you enjoy reading it, and what you are looking forward to hearing about next – vacation with family, driving to texas, finding a house, oh yeah – and UNPACKING!
Thank you all for your support and encouragement as I share our adventures with all of you!