This picture of our kitchen table was probably taken the night before Easter Sunday, after my wife had decorated it and prepared the table for breakfast on Easter morning.
This is a picture of the top of our tiled wood stove in Monzelfeld that was right beside the kitchen table – and it was the best feature of the house because in winter it kept everything – and everyone – toasty warm.
David spent the morning hunting for Easter eggs and whatever else the Easter Bunny had left for him in the yard from the night before.
David shows off a colored egg that he discovered in the garden by the back patio, and we were all happy that the weather had cooperated beautifully on this Easter Sunday morning.
Excited after discovering a Lego puzzle with a giant yellow bow on it in the back yard, David returns to show off his prize – and can’t wait to start building it.
David holds a bunny shaped Easter basket to collect what he found in the garden on his Easter egg hunt, and the Easter bunny seems to have also left a gift bag behind for him.
Once it was time to get ready to go to church, David wasn’t happy about having to leave the house – he’d rather have stayed and put his new Lego puzzle together and eaten some Easter candy instead of posing for a picture with me.
It was now after had I returned from being deployed in the Gulf War, and with my return David had to get used to having me back again; and in the process, he was growing up and becoming a young man – and we were now getting ready to move the family again – and I would soon be leaving for 3 to 4 months to Cannon AFB, NM to learn to fly the F-111G.
I’ve always called this transition from early childhood into becoming a young man the process of “growing antlers” – and a young man starts very early on to think about setting his own path, course and direction in life – and another international move coming up wasn’t helping the situation of growing up very much for David.