Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Granny's Birthday Cake

Tomorrow my Granny is turning 93. Can you imagine it? I remember a few days ago sitting with her and she said to me "I wasn't able to imagine that I will turn so old". So I prepared everything for the party tomorrow. A cousin and an old neighbour are coming for coffee and cake. At her age it's not that you have a lot of friends anymore. But there are a lot of people who like her and today she got the first package by mail with some sweets. When I think what changed over that years - when she was born, the Kaiserreich and Prussia just ended. She was a young woman when the WWII started, she got married and lost her child and husband who was captured at Stalingrad and finally came back home after 12 years in 1956, after Chancellor Adenauer's agreement with the Soviets about setting free the captured German soldiers and allowing them to go home. My uncle died soon on leukaemia because he was working in uranium mines somewhere at the Ural. After the rules of displaced persons for Germans in the former German Eastern Territories she resettled as a refugee to Western Germany where she already spend the most of her life. She worked and I was spending a lot of time with her when I was a child. Later after she turned sick and old I started to take care on her. It's been eight years now I am doing it and helping her with the everyday works. She feels good - good for her age. She's funny and always tries to look like a lady - you know some make up and a permanent wave from time to time. How easy it is to describe someones long life in only few sentences. So I am happy and it's a great honour to me that I can participate in her 90th, 91st, 92nd, 93rd birthday. I baked her an apple cake with a pudding topping, I bought a bottle of non-alcoholic sparkling wine, a package of cigarettes and a fire lighter. Yes. She turned 93 smoking like a chimney - now she's smoking less, something like a "only" 15 cigarettes a day. And I remember times she smoked two packages. She's interested in politics, sports, crosswords and her beloved women magazines. So happy birthday Granny, alles Gute, lass dich feiern und bleibe uns lange erhalten!

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