The summer of 1989 was a perfect time for David in Bruch while I was away in the States, and it’s clear from these pictures that life was simply, “all David, all the time.”
So it’s only natural that this portion of the blog reflects the reality that David was the focal point of everyone’s attention – and I hope these pictures reflect that reality.
That summer in Bruch allowed everyone else to spoil David with their attention while I stepped aside for awhile; because everyone else brought a little something different into David’s life.
For a child growing up, the quality of their experiences becomes so much more important than the quantity of their experiences; and for David his days in Bruch were full of both – quality and quantity.
By now David was confident in his tractor steering ability and was starting to really open up in his new environment in Germany.
Another new experience for David was learning to ride on a motor scooter that was driven by his Uncle – carefully and slowly of course – around the cul-de-sac.
The whole purpose of other people being involved in a child’s life is for the wealth of experiences they can bring to the child – and do things with them that parents might unnecessarily freak out over.
David’s Uncle brought to David a patient understanding of everything mechanical, which may be one of the reasons that David is on his way to becoming a Mechanical Engineer today.
Children grow up so quickly, and for a parent you catch a glimpse every now and then that gives you an idea of what they will look like years later – and this is one such moment when he’s now a big boy and no longer a toddler anymore.
Playing beach ball in the cul-de-sac beside his tractor with the Mercedes-Benz star hood emblem, David is in his element – and as always – the center of everyone’s attention.
Clearly having the time of his life in Bruch, the quality experiences that David gained that summer would be needed to pull him and his mother through the trying times that were just around the corner.
Imitating an airplane flying across the grass in the garden, David was a carefree boy that was growing from each day’s new experiences in Bruch.
The introduction of these “kitty cat ” sunglasses was a huge hit for David, and they really appealed to the “goof ball” side of his personality.
The sunglasses brought David’s silliness to a totally new level, and he just thought that wearing these glasses was the “cat’s meow.”
At almost 2 1/2 years old, David was thriving in Bruch and building up reserves for all the challenges that he would face in the coming years.
In what is just a classic picture, David checks out the difference between looking through his sunglasses and the view without them – an experiment in understanding the world around him.
David shows off his “Harvey the Harvester” picture book, and although this is the first picture of him with a book in his hands, David was well on his way to reading on his own – in two languages.
David continues to try and understand the effect that wearing sunglasses has on his vision, and checks out his hand in great detail.
David and his Opa continued to bond closely over the summer, and their relationship was important to both of them for so many reasons.
As their first grandchild, David was the first of the next generation for my in-laws – which introduced a new dynamic into their lives.
David kept his silly sunglasses on all through his bath and while toweling off on the bed – all the while holding “sheep.”
David produced the biggest belly laughs that wouldn’t stop from the sillyness of it all, and thought that wearing his sunglasses inside was the funniest thing ever.
Flashing his famous “cheesy grin” pearly whites after his bath, David is clearly growing up right before our eyes.
Children are the greatest miracle that we can experience in this world, and they require our full attention and best efforts – as we prepare them to someday fly away on their own.