What an interesting story. Welcome. I don't speak much German either. I took it in Jr. High and High School and then went to Germany in the Army. My youngest attended a German Immersion school for 7.5 years and that helped my German somewhat. Looking forward to getting to know you.
I was born in Landshut and adopted at the age of 3 wks. by a fabulous American couple who were the only parents I'd ever known, really. Well, they've both passed on now. My mom always encouraged me to try to contact my birth family, but I never felt any need to do so - until Mom and Dad passed away, I was diagnosed with diabetes, etc. My search began about 3 years ago and has been the most wonderful adventure!
Both of my birth parents were German and both have also passed away now. However, I met my Tante Hanna who lives with her daughter, my cousin Ursula, her husband, Dieter, and their son, Dirk (who lives at home during the work week.) Sadly, Tante Hanna just passed away this February, but the recognition and delightful surprise that came across her when I said, in German, who I was (using my birth name.) Her eyes lit up and she began to tell me (as did her daughter, Ursula) that I have my mother's eyes and mouth beyond question. I was so lucky to have met Tante Hanna before she passed away.
My relationship with my cousin and her family is pure delight. They can't wait until we come to Germany again. They are in Saarland (where my birth mother was born) - specifically, Saarlouis. We met many of their dearest friends, had a private walking tour of Saarlouis, and partied from the moment we arrived. My cousin and I feel more like sisters than cousins.
I am a music teacher in Rhode Island, but live on the Massachusetts border. I speak a little German, but not enough (yet) to converse in German on this team. I'm really excited to become a member, though! I can't wait to get to know you all.
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