The extended family came over to our house in Monzelfeld to welcome me home from the Gulf War, to celebrate my birthday and to say goodbye all at the same time – as this would be the last family get together we would have in Monzelfeld prior to moving.
David looks over some technical drawings in one of his books with his uncle and great-uncle at the kitchen table in Monzelfeld, and from the beginning it was clear that David had a good aptitude for technical things.
My wife’s aunt, both grandmothers and her great-aunt share conversation and a photo album at our dining table in Monzelfeld, with my wife’s handmade crochet curtains hanging in the windows of the sliding glass doors.
Deep in conversation in our sunken family room set off in a corner of the house, my wife’s great-uncle and her father are immersed in deep conversation.
David casts me a glance while taking his picture with his uncle, grandparents and great-aunt at our kitchen table while finishing his dinner.
David’s great-aunt reads to him on the steps leading up to our living room, as David holds his head in his hands – deep in concentration.
The family discusses the issues of the day while gathered around our kitchen table having coffee and dessert after dinner – and enjoying the opportunity to be together once again; under my wife’s handmade lampshade along with the hanging Easter eggs she decorated with David.
For the older generations of my wife’s family, and for a lot of other people through the years as well; our little family was more than a curiosity with our constant moving around the world – no one really knew what would be next for us…and neither did we.
David and his uncle are deep in what must have been a highly technical conversation, as he was always coming up with fantastic inventions on his own – not knowing that some of them already existed.
The ladies talk at the upper dining room table while the guys converse below; and although I was always impressed with David’s well thought out inventions, I was literally floored the day he discussed his concept of steering a bullet in the air…something that only now is being attempted.
Everyone knew that this would be our last family get together in Monzelfeld, and they were sad that we were leaving Germany again after such a short stay – and wishing us well in our new home…wherever it would end up being.