Weekend with Oma (Gma)
Trip Start Feb 01, 2010
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Oma doesn't speak English but she said a few things to me in English, which I took as quite the compliment. My German is of course still very much at beginner level so there are a lot of "es ist good" and "ja, danke." :) My big accomplishment of the weekend is ordering my Sunday lunch in a restaurant on my own ("Kann Ich bitte die Fisch haben?")
I'm not sure I'll ever get used to Oma insisting on cooking every meal when we visit, but I also didn't think it appropriate nor respectful to argue with an 84-year-old woman. She served us every meal and had ice cream cones with us every night. Opa passed away last May so we walked across the street to thevisit his grave everyday. Oma says she stops there at least once a day... I would think it's comforting for her to have him close by. Nick & I brought Oma a rose plant and on Sunday morning we went with her to plant it at Opa's site.
Aside from listening to Oma & Nick reminisce about Opa, I was nearly in tears listening to Oma tell us basically her life story starting from when she was a 19-year-old in East Germany following WWII. It doesn't seem right to write too much about it, but I think everyone should try to understand what people went through during times of loss and starting over to really get a sense of just how cherished life should be..
Aside from our relaxing weekend with Oma, my most recent activity involves my TEFL training, which started yesterday. It'll be a lot of work, but I'm ready for it! I taught my first lesson today to a group of nine ladies ranging from 35 to 55 years old.
On that note, we're about to start a movie and probably crash in 30 minutes (it's 9:30pm here). Hope all is well wherever you are...more next time.