Saturday, February 25, 2012

Elderknapping

Fritz has been trying for some time to get his parents back out for a visit to The Farm. A 65 degree day off work in February provided just the opportunity to show up at their house and say "Come on, lets go."


 Oma was a bit unsure of the short trip, prefering these days to stay close to the familiar and her home. But as soon as she stepped on to the property all she could say, over and over, was "How Beautiful." I saw her relax instanly and we had a lovely morning chatting and looking at pictures. She shared many a story of doing 'farm work' as a young girl growing up in Germany between 2 world wars. Her experiences were primative at best, but those oft told stories provide deeper meaning and imagery now that I call a farm home.  





Opa on the other hand was giddy. He said he felt like a kid going on a field trip. The men took off to the tractor big boy toy store right away. They managed to come back with an implement or two and lots of stories. He headed out to the man-shed to explain just what to do and how to do it.







 Expertise is some thing we are lacking and Opa has so much knowledge and experience to share from his hard working life.



Opa (with Uncle Bernard ) operating one of his father-in-laws farming machines in Shoppingen, Germany


We are happy to be good listeners.








8 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

oh that is awesome! i just know they enjoyed this visit and will talk about it for weeks to come! :)

Nancy Claeys said...

Enjoy them while you can. My parents always loved coming out to the farm, although it wasn't very often, due to the long drive.

Sall's Country Life said...

How's that old saying? You can take the boy off the farm,but you can't take the farm out of the boy! I agree, they won't forget their day at your farm! God bless you all!

Cathy H. said...

Sounds like you have such a wonderful day! Many memories being made!!

Anonymous said...

The most fantastic and emotional blog post for a long time; you can image why....
Wilhelm

Allison said...

Sweet. Like you. xo

TexWisGirl said...

i am so sorry for your loss. i loved your post in remembrance of him. bless you all.

Christa atCedarmereFarm said...

Joan, this is such a sweet post. Elderly parents are often forgotten by their children. You and your husband are great children. Your children will be as kind to you when you get older. God bless you. Christa