David sits on his tractor at the edge of the terrace full of pride because his Mercedes-Benz star hood emblem had been affixed permanently to the hood of his tractor by his Opa and Uncle.
I was still back in the States for training, and Mike – an Air Force member who rented the apartment across the cul-de-sac from my wife’s parent’s house – took an interest in David as he played in the street in front of their apartment.
Here Mike sits David on the seat of a mountain bike for the first time ever – and as I write this 21 years later – David is somewhere in the wilderness riding his mountain bike on a 5 day solo biking and camping adventure of his own.
It was time to water the flower gardens, so David grabbed the small watering can and used the play pool as an easy and convenient source of water for the flowers.
Eager to help with the garden work, David sets out to do his part in keeping the flowers well watered in the flower garden.
Bruch was such a rich and stimulating environment for David to experience while I was away – an experience that was very precious for everyone involved.
Children simply thrive in positive and stimulating environments – and have an immense capability for learning from and absorbing those experiences at a very young age.
With equal doses of love, attention and interaction; children will blossom if immersed in the right environment – just like the flowers that David is helping to water.
Here David gets more practice at steering the riding lawnmower with his Uncle, as they navigate under the low hanging branches of the birch tree by the terrace.
David’s Opa started a landscaping project behind the house to makeover the flower beds and improve the drainage away from the house.
David pulls his own weight on the project by picking up a rake and making a go of it with his Opa.
Rocks had to be removed and the ground graded in order to slope the soil away from the house, and David lends an eager hand in the effort.
A picture of concentration, David seems intent on making this rake work – despite the difficulty of leveraging the length of the heavy rake with his small frame.
David had fun untangling a section of string that he used to pull his toy tractor with on the terrace, and little fingers can have a difficult time sorting out a tangled string.
Seeing that the puzzle is close to being solved, David excitedly finishes his task while little fingers attempt to work as carefully as possible.
Just as he finishes his work untangling the string, his little fingers drop the string altogether – much to his amusement and delight.