Monday’s blog is Flowers and Trees, right?
I want to share something really special with you…
Well yesterday, we hung out with our friends Debby and Gill.
They have moved to Texas, which has been a bit of a mission.
Having moved back and forth across the continents from Europe
to California myself, I know what a logistic challenge that is.
We were talking about all the trinkets and dust-catchers you shed to lighten the load, and how you really only hang on to the things which have sentimental value.
Suddenly, my little Mind Locomotive took me right back to Germany in the late ‘80s, just before we moved from there to California.
And I remembered my good Italian friends in Nürnberg,
Giovanni and Antoinetta.
They ran the big Italian restaurant by the park,
and we saw each other almost daily, because I ran the language school next door!
Whenever I went to their home, there was a huge, ornate terrine in the centre of their dining table.
And I would always admire it, and tell Antoinetta how beautiful it was. It had been a wedding present to them.
Well the day came when we were leaving Germany and moving to America.
The packers were in our apartment
(which by the way, was on the 5th floor with no lift).
I heard Antoinetta before I saw her,
because she really did have a voice that carried!
“BARBARA ! BARBARA ! Ich hab was für Dich!!”
(I’ve got something for you!)
She had a very strong Italian accent and spoke a beautifully broken German, laced with the regional dialect.
When I looked down in the stairwell,
I could see her mass of black curly hair climbing up the stairs.
And when she finally reached the top, breathless and laughing,
guess what she had for me.
“Mußt Du mitnehmen nach Amerika!
Als Andenken an Deine Freunde!”
(You must take this to America, to remind you of your friends)
A real statement, as they say!!!
Antoinetta would be proud of me.
Still pristine, no chips, no cracks.
It’s been in and out of boxes and halfway round the world,
and still has pride of place.
In my heart too.
Got to go.
Lots to do today.
We’re off on our next adventure tomorrow…..
Love and friendship,