It’s time to put this blog on hiatus. I’ve had so much fun with this but want to think more about next steps for my writing. Maybe I’ll come running back to this next week, next month, next year, who knows? But I’ll wrap up a few details before I leave off:
1. No, I haven’t run across Frau Zilla again. If I ever do, I’ll be sure to gently inquire about her mental health. By the way, driving manual is like second nature now and I do my best to imitate Jason Bourne without all the car crashes and police chases.
2. I’ve decided to return to the sauna and go native. The way around it is just keeping a towel with you….and avoiding anyone who faintly resembles our landlord or Nora’s teacher, or…..
3. My time here so far has confirmed the old wisdom that people are people the world over. Except I think there will always be some wide gulfs of understanding. Like when I filled out a school form for Nora from the German Health Department. I was puzzled to see that Nora being left-handed is considered a “physical disorder” and lumped in the same category as diabetes, heart trouble and asthma. Maybe they aren’t aware several U.S. Presidents such as Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Clinton, and Obama are south-paws. I think they’ve all managed just fine. Anyway, I decided not to check the box for her particular “disorder” just in case some bureaucrat would decide she’d have to wear a little sign saying “My Right Hand is a Useless Appendage” or “My Left Hand is Defiant.”
So, for now, that is all. If you’re on facebook, I’ll let you know if I decide to start up again. If you’re not on facebook, on the right column of this page is a “Subscribe” feature. If you click on that, then you should be notified if I do more posts. Hopefully that feature works. Thanks for keeping up with us on our journey and stay in touch.