Yay! My Mum's 4th guest post is here! Do you remember the first three? If not, or if you'd like to re-read them, you can find her 3rd one here, and it contains a link to the 2nd one which in turn will take you to the 1st one. Or you simply put "guest post" in the search bar in the top left corner of my blog.
And without further ado, here goes:
Two Angels From Down Under
Recently we had very lovely visitors from Australia, a couple, which we have known for 40 years.
Long ago, we lived in a small village in a brand new house with several flats in it.
Our family, meaning my husband, two daughters and myself, had the attic flat, and "down under" in a small 1-room-apartment, those friends of us.
(Picture of the house; ours was the flat on the top floor, the Australian couple lived on the ground floor. The middle flat was rented by another family.)
But at first we didn't know each other, only when the owner of the house called and asked for someone who can speak English, because he didn't, but he had to tell the "young couple down there" something very important.
So I went downstairs and translated for him, and that really was the beginning of a deep friendship.
I learned that they were on their honeymoon, they had come from Bowen / Great Barrier Reef (Australia) by plane, and stayed in Germany for 2 years. They bought a used car, worked, whatever they could find to do for some weeks, then travelled around Europe, came back to the flat, worked again to earn some money, and so on.
When they were in, we often met, went on trips together; they loved our two girls (4 and 5 years old), and they did babysitting for us, so my husband and I could spend an evening out from time to time.
They went back to Australia by ship, because they had bought so many things for their new founded household.
They decided to come back to Europe, especially Germany, every 10 years. Well, after 10 years, they really came and stayed 4 weeks. In the meantime they had 4 children, and travelling was not as easy as before.
And now, 30 years after their second trip to Germany, they came back again to see us in our small town, directly from Hongkong and Frankfurt. They rented a car and started from here on a 3-month-trip, Russia and other Eastern countries included. They also will go to France, where they want to rest and relax at a pretty rented cottage.
It was so nice to meet them again, there was no distance between us, though we had not seen each other for 30 years, and not even written that much in the meantime. But we loved to tell what happened to us and to listen what they had to tell. They are such good people, uncomplicated and really generous. It was all in all quite nostalgic.
When they left, we all had tears in our eyes, I don't want to imagine that maybe I won't see them again in my lifetime... My dear angels Bernadette and Walter!
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Thank you, Mum, for another guest post! It was indeed wonderful to see Bernadette and Walter again, and like you said, it was as if we'd been meeting all the time and there was no gap to bridge after all those years.
These two, by the way, taught me and my sister our very first English words. We loved playing in the yard (we were 3 and 4 years old when our family moved in, and 4 and 5 by the time we moved out), and when we wanted a drink or needed the toilet, sometimes we couldn't be bothered to climb up all the stairs to our top floor flat. Instead, we would knock at Bernadette and Walter's door, and they were always so kind and fun to be with. They taught us how to say "Please a drink" and some other words in English.
(Me, aged 3-4 (ca. 1972), with the neighbour's cat. Imagine this chubby kid constantly pestering you for drinks!)
Much later, in 2008 I think, their eldest daughter came visiting; she was born after their return to Australia and now wanted to see where her parents had spent such happy years as a young couple. We instantly "clicked", just as it had been with her parents.
And we all hope that we will meet again!
PS: My Mum has put some new items in her Etsy Shop. You can get there directly from my blog, the "Mini Etsy" is on the top left.