We have an appointment to meet up with family in The Netherlands today, so we make a relatively early start and head towards the border 14 kms away leaving the low hills of the German countryside behind us.
On the smaller roads the border crossing is little more than a sign announcing that we are now in The Netherlands. Oops… blurry photo, taking photos of road signs while travelling at substantial speed is an artform that I needs to perfect. LOL
… and once we arrived for our family visit there was coffee and home made cake waiting for us. Tante (Aunt) E’s speciality was delicious, had walnuts and … yum, I don’t know what else, but hope to score the recipe because it was GOOD!
It was an interesting meeting because they and his parents had had some sort of falling out decades earlier (seems to happen in families more often than not, I discover) and when the parents stopped meeting, their children automatically get cut out of the same family circle.
A chance remark from another relative about a year earlier showed that this Aunt and Uncle were keen to renew contact and Himself was keen since he had distant memories of childhood meetings. I have no clue what the feud had been about (probably something stupidly inconsequential in Life’s larger scheme of things and not really worth falling out over if similar events in my family are anything to go by) but none of it was our grudge so why not renew contact?
We clicked with them right away and were both delighted to have taken the step that restored the family links. We will now keep in good contact and have promised to bring the kids with us next time.
For Himself and I however, the road home to said children beckons, and happy and relaxed after our short break we head homewards…