I’m continuing with the “Things in my House Thursday” theme, even though Jen hasn’t been around to host it for awhile.
In 1983, just after high school graduation, I went to Europe to perform with the Sound of American Band. I had planned to use my hard-earned babysitting money, but my parents ended up paying for me to go as a graduation gift.
It was my first trip to Europe, and was such a great experience! We toured 6 countries and I absolutely loved it. It may help to know at this point that, while other kids might have wanted to grow up to be nurses or firemen, I wanted to grow up and go to Europe. For years afterwards, even after returning to Europe several times, the thought always went through my mind: I have never had a bad day in Europe …
My mom’s relatives are of German heritage, and growing up my mom spent a lot of time on genealogy, so going to Germany was a really big deal to me. I decided to buy my “main” souvenir there, in the totally charming little medieval village of Rothenberg, a town so quaint you could almost see the Pied Piper skipping through if you squinted your eyes.
I bought a cuckoo clock, after deliberating over the dozens all tick-tocking on the shop wall. I chose my very favorite one, and I remember having a conversation with the cashier about what I could do if I got home and it wouldn’t work!! He assured me it would, and indeed it has – and continues to, 26 years later.
It came in a large box, which I carted with me through the rest of the European adventure, since I didn’t want to pay to have it shipped back to the US.
Over the years I have spent more than the purchase price on repairs and tune-ups, but it’s worth it. It’s a lovely reminder of summer experience to remember forever …