Back at home again in Hetzerath, Germany, at the end of the summer after our vacation to Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania; we had relatives over for an afternoon visit and a proper German “coffee and cake” – here I share the view from our front patio with my aunt.
Summer was almost over and fall was fast approaching; we always thought of our relatives as aunt and uncle to us – although not directly to us on the family tree – but once removed.
David’s great uncle shares a German language storybook with David at our dining room table – fully engaged with David while reading the story with him.
You can always tell in a very short time when adults have a real and genuine interest in children, because they become fully involved with the child at their own level and interests.
David and his great aunt and uncle – once removed technically – enjoy coffee and cake with us…and my slice of my wife’s homemade German cheesecake waits for me at my empty chair while I take this picture.
David’s great uncle brought with him a sample from the train set he has at home, and he and David set it up on our front patio to play trains for the afternoon.
You can tell a “real” train enthusiast by the size of the train set he has – and David’s great uncle’s train set fills his basement at home.
David played trains with his grandfather from when he was a toddler, learning all the switches and track changes by heart on his “Opa’s” train set in Bruch.
So this was just a relaxing afternoon of good food, good friends – and a little train set that made for an enjoyable visit.