I took this picture of one of David’s great-grandmothers in a reflective mood during a holiday visit to our house in Albersbach, and no doubt there was a degree of sadness in her eyes while lost in her own thoughts.
David’s other great-grandmother was always more spirited as part of her very nature, though she too was less and less so as the years went by.
We always tried at every family gathering to make the arrangements for David’s two great-grandmothers to participate, and often my wife picked up one in the car while I drove to pick up the other one to bring them to where we were gathering – in this case in Albersbach.
My father-in-law reviews one of our photo albums while sitting beside a picture of David in his British school photo from St John’s RC Primary School in Banbury, England.
David plays with one of his toys while his grandmother looks on – we had the family over for dinner at noon and coffee and cake later in the afternoon at 4 pm, over the holidays following Christmas.
David points to what looks like a toy fish that his Opa was holding – both of them so immersed in their observations – that they were literally like, “fish in water” in the level of their concentration.
David builds part of his Lego System toys that he received for Christmas, with the instructions open beside him for quick reference during the difficult phases of his new construction project.
With the concentration of a future Engineer, David examines the part that he is building out of his new Lego System set.
Just over and beyond our Nativity set through the dining room windows, you can see the lingering December snow – trying to hang on through the day in our backyard in Albersbach.
The family gathers in our living room in Albersbach, while my wife prepares our holiday dinner in the kitchen – and David and I do our best to entertain everyone until the meal is ready.
We’ve added a small table beside our normal dining room table – closest to the kitchen door – for my wife and I to sit at, so we can easily get up to serve the meal and take care of our guests properly.
My wife relaxes with her parents and grandparents while my dessert awaits me at my seat beside my wife at our table.
There’s plenty of food in this holiday meal for everyone to enjoy, and after a few hours it will be time for round two – coffee and cake! 🙂
It was always nice when we could arrange for everyone to come over to our house, however the easiest place to gather was always in my wife’s parent’s home in Bruch.
My wife baked a perfect German cheesecake – adding a platter of Christmas cookies and chocolates – and the table was now set for coffee and cake.
I think you can see for yourself exactly why coffee and cake has always been my favorite German tradition – with a fresh baked cheesecake and a platter of Christmas cookies and chocolates just waiting to be enjoyed as the afternoon gives way to early evening in Albersbach.
David’s great-grandmother takes a look at the Lego Pirate Ship’s instructions, which offered a great opportunity for both of them to spend some time together.
The instructions for the Lego Pirate Ship seem to be quite detailed and complicated, judging from David and his great-grandmother’s attention in reviewing the plans.
This is a bonus photo that I found of David controlling his grandfather’s train set in the basement in Bruch.
From a very early age David mastered the many complicated controls of his grandfather’s train set – sending the miniature trains along various sets of tracks while operating track switches, speed settings and individual lighting controls for the many lights built into the set.