My eldest daughter finished her first year at BYU at the end of April; it was learning experience. Learning to live away from mom and dad. Learning to share a room. Learning to get along with a roommate. Learning to exist in the United States once again. Learning to live in an intensely religious environment.
To kick off her summer, she decided to spend one month in Munich taking an intensive language course and I decided to join her for two weeks.
Today I go home. I woke up two and half hours before my alarm clock went off. I am anxious. It is time to go home--I do, after all, have other family members. But, I am anxious to say goodbye once again to my daughter, perhaps because I know she's anxious to say goodbye to me as well.
We've had a great time these last two weeks traveling around, trying new restaurants, huddling around the computer watching tv and just being together! Being in Germany has been such a breath of fresh air. May is a beautiful time to be here if you can put up with a little rain. The flowers are in full bloom, the trees are heavy with leaves, the birds are sounding off and the church bells are music to my ears.
And then there is the architecture, history and culture, I just can't get enough! Honestly, just look at these buildings all photographed in Mittenwald. Every town/village in southern Bavaria is similar. The buildings are decorated with fairy tales, religious tales or idyllic scenes of community life. It is all so charming!
But alas, it is time to go. I hate to say goodbye even if it's only until this summer. Why do children have to grow up?