A smile back on my face

First off, news on the Mr E front is very promising as his health is improving! They want to keep him in hospital for a little longer to see if his improvement continues. If blood levels are good on Monday morning (which looks likely going by how much better they were today), then he can come home again on Monday afternoon. 🙂 This is a great relief and now leaves a little room in my brain and heart for other, more fun, stuff again.

One such fun thing is what my younger brother shared with the family today. He is staying with my mother for a few days and came across these two pictures from my childhood. Going by how small my younger brother and sister were (they are 7 months apart in age, two babies that had joined our family from Nazareth in 1973), and the sweaters we were wearing (this is just outside Jerusalem, which got a little chilly in winter but was warm in summer), these pictures must have been taken in the winter of 1973/1974. I know the pictures but haven’t seen them for ages! I was close to 4 when these were taken, I’m the little blonde girl on the right. I have a fleeting memory of these pictures being taken as I distinctly remember sitting on that wall for these pictures, something I wasn’t normally allowed to do on my own.

20181231_092535img-20190111-wa0011The brother who shared these pictures is the little baby in the front in this second picture. The guy in the back with the curls is not a sibling of mine but is a violinist who stayed in our small back garden guesthouse for a while. I have no idea how he came to stay there or how my parents knew him. He gave my older sister (in front with the babies) and brother (beside me) violin lessons. His name is Volker Biesenbender, I just looked him up and he is quite prolific. He was a student of Yehudi Menuhin and I even found clips of him on YouTube, like this one:

I remember Volker’s face and his name, but I don’t recall what he was like or how long he stayed. It’s so sweet to see the little black dog in Volker’s arms. He was our family dog, Lalo, and we absolutely adored him until he died when I was 10.

I can now walk around with a smile on my face: Mr Esther is getting better, I had to finish off some work today which I at first totally botched but then managed to fix again and then got the task done as well, and I have sweet childhood memories flooding back. Real life duties call now, but that’s not so bad if you can smile. 🙂

19 thoughts on “A smile back on my face

  1. Wunderbar, dass es Deinem Mann besser geht. Esther! Weiterhin alles Gute!
    Volker Biesenbender ist mir ein Begriff – wow, ein sehr guter Geiger!
    Diese Kinderbilder sind süß – und sehen doch immer so aus wie aus einer anderen Welt, oder? Danke für’s Teilen!

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  2. Gut dass ich beide Blogposts gelesen habe und so schon weis dass es ihm besser geht 🙂 Wie ist es jetzt? Alles wieder okay?
    Bin ja wieder mal sehr spät dran….
    Die KInderbilder sind süß, schön, dass Du sie noch hast. Ich habe nur ganz wenige von uns, irgendwie war immer der Fotoapperat meines Vaters kaputt 😦
    Wenn ich mit meinen Jungs ihre Bilder gucke sind sie immer sehr peinlich berührt, ich denke das ändert sich wenn sie “älter” sind 🙂
    Das Video ist sehr beiiendruckend, wow der hat was drauf ❤

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  3. Great news about your husband feeling better. I am keeping my fingers crossed that he leaves the hospital today and is restored to you and the kids at home.
    And thanks for sharing the story of the picture. Isn’t it fabulous how photography prompts memories?

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