It took a while after David was ready for bed for him to say goodnight to everyone before heading downstairs to play trains with his Opa.
The weather was often perfect in July to spend the early evening hours out on the terrace as the sun began to set on the day.
Once David was ready for bed, his Opa often had a chance to carry him around on the terrace in the fresh air of the early evening.
Opa had a high quality model train set-up in the basement with very nice miniature trains running on multiple tracks around a historic German town center.
The switchboard and lighting panel was very complicated to run, with lots of switches directing trains to various tracks and buttons for all the different lighting options.
To everyone’s amazement, except for David of course; David learned quickly how to control the entire board and he and Opa were lost in a world of trains all to themselves – a private sanctuary of theirs.
There was still lots of time to ride his tractor of course, and David was literally on the go the entire day long – nothing but non-stop action.
I was now finishing my training in the States and would soon join my wife and son in Germany, where we would next move into the rental house in the village of Monzelfeld.
Here David shares a private joke with his mother, and the bond between them was so strong they were literally on the same wavelength – almost reading each other’s thoughts.
By now David figured out not only how to use the pedals of his tractor properly – but also how to ride really, really fast up and down the street.
Here David plays train with himself as the Engineer in the locomotive while pulling his toy truck and wooden “hot dog” toy behind him.
The garden and flowers always needed watering and David learned to use the hose and wand to get the job done – but the hose was sometimes a struggle to figure out.
The actual task of watering the flowers was a fun job for David of course – because there was always lots of action.
These were carefree days for David and for all of us actually, and looking back it’s always best to not know what was around the next corner awaiting us.
Proud of his work as a budding gardener, David pauses for an inspection of the flowers and awaits the next fun activity of the day.
Of course all kids like to take a quick pause for lunch, and here David points at the camera while waiting to finish his glass of milk.
Even a day full of nothing but fun can be tiring for a little guy, and both David and Opa pause for a moment from reading about Ernie and Bert from Sesame Street.
David visited his aunt’s family farm in Trimport, Germany south of Bitburg, for the day; and serveys the gardens in what was a new environment for him to explore.
Showing his spunk and biding his time before running off and exploring the farm, David poses between the different raised planting beds in the garden.
Sitting behind the wheel of an actual working tractor for the first time puts everything into proper perspective for David – now he knows what a real tractor is.
Checking to see if the coast is clear as if in a comedy movie getting ready to make a mad dash to another hiding place, David is moments away from exploring a new corner of the farm.