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Published: March 26th 2013
Today I gave 4 back-to-back lessons at a school near the magistrate building. The lesson was on American Holidays, and I like to show a few videos from my facebook page to help the students identify with certain holidays. One of the videos I like to show is of Ava’s first Easter egg hunt. I remember that Easter really well. John was living with Ava and me in Ann Arbor and mom and dad had come down to stay for the holiday. Dad and I hid the eggs together and we all watched Ava find the eggs. There’s a part in the video where she asks, “Are the eggs near the tree, Papa?” and it really melts my heart. We all miss my dad so much. Today is his birthday. I’ve never met another man with as much integrity as my dad. I thank God for sending him to my mom so that I could have him as my dad and as Ava’s Papa. I miss him every day.
My dad spent time in Germany and the rest of Europe during the Vietnam War. He served in the army on a Pershing Missile Base. He really loved Germany,
where he fell in love with gummy bears. We always bought them for him on the holidays because he would tell us about how he had to wait 3 years after he came back from Germany for them to show up in Northern Michigan.
So, I suppose this is as good a time as any to show you the last photos from Germany. It was still cold on Sunday, so we didn’t see a lot. We went back to the Old City and hung around there for a few hours before getting on the bus for home. One of the highlights of that trip was Ava asking the stewardess (in a loud voice) if she could have wine instead of hot chocolate. When I told her to just bring the cocoa, Ava yelled out, “I’ll take red if you have it!” All this traveling has certainly been interesting. We will go to Vienna this week. Enjoy the photos! Also, here is a video of Old Town, Dresden that might be interesting: