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Building Lives Around Celebrations – Bonn
We spent the weekend in Bonn. Since we were scheduled to attend Deutschland’s only annual Luftwaffe Ball, we decided to build a weekend getaway. Bonn, the birthplace of Beethoven, is the former capital city of West Germany. After being cooped up for the last several snowy weeks, the kids and I were scrambling to do some site-seeing out of doors.
The Beethoven-House Museum was our first stop of the day. (This was the actual house where he was born and grew up). We even experienced one of his works with ‘hands on’ digital imaging. Really cool!
Did you know that he began losing his hearing at 28 and was completely deaf by 41? So for the last 25 or so years of his life, his compositions were generated totally from his memory of the music. What an inspiration!!
We tooled through the heart of the city around the Dom and University grounds (above). Then we spent ALL afternoon exploring the German History Museum. I’ve never seen my children become so enthralled in a museum before, and here’s the kicker, it was ALL in German!!
Since we were only given a small English translation booklet upon entrance, I was truly amazed at how the layout and display choices drew us in!! We could have spent the whole day and still not been finished. And it only encompassed the years SINCE WWII !!
That evening, some American friends joined us as we tried to blend in with the German military scene at the ball on Friday night. Unlike the USAF balls held at every base every September, this is the ONLY annual Luftwaffe ball in the entire country. This year was extra special since 2010 is the 40th Anniversary of the Deutsch Luftwaffe! Wow!
There were 1400 in attendance and were were blown away at all the attention to detail. Get this: each lady receiving a long stem red rose when we entered, and, 5×7 photos of the couples were taken and ready for us as we left!! Did I mention there were 1400 there?
We knew we were NOT in America when the dancing began. The second the music began, the dance floor was FULL!! And we hadn’t even eaten yet! I know from all my ball memories, stateside, it takes those few courageous couples to brave the dance floor alone in order to ‘get everyone going’….Not so here!!! I love that!!
It seems in Germany everything is like that.
Life is built around celebrations.
Here in Germany it seems there are always celebrations: wine harvests, a whole 6 weeks of Christmas markets, and Fasching is going on now (kind of like Mardi Gras).
In America we tend to build celebrations around our lives. Sometimes we’re so BUSY with….BUSYNESS that we can’t seem to just ENJOY the JOY!!
Celebrations are important. Time with family is important. Germany is teaching me to savor the moments.
Hey there! I'm Della - or Della Jane if you were raised in East Texas. Welcome to my perfectly imperfect world of middle age. I spend my days navigating a life in the middle of grown and 'nearly grown' offspring, aging parents, and crazy dogs. A lot of days I feel squeezed between them all. Did I mention that I'm in the middle of a roller coaster ride called menopause? All the while I'm hanging on to Jesus, in awe of His faithfulness. Life is messy, my friend. But there is always joy to be found, we just might have to dig a little to find it. I'm so glad you're here.