Memories

Peter’s Family during the Year after I first met Peter

When I visited Peter’s family they were always very welcoming. They lived in a small apartment on the fifth floor. There was no lift!

Peter’s mother had only one room to herself. The second room in the apartment was occupied by Peter’s older sister, brother-in-law, as well as their baby daughter. In the third room lived Peter’s Great-Aunt .

Peter slept sometimes on the sofa in his mother’s room. Every room in the apartment was used as a bedroom! However during the day, these rooms were made into cosy living-rooms. I do not know, how people managed this kind of comfort under such crowded conditions. Sundays I was often invited for a tasty hot meal at lunchtime. We were usually six people around the table in Mama’s room. Sunday afternoons there was coffee and cake for the family, often including another sister of Peter as well as her husband and baby son. I felt very much at home with Peter’s family. Another family-member was a little dog called Tussy: Every day, after its morning walk, this dog enjoyed a cup of cocoa and a dog biscuit. A very special treat indeed.

Peter’s mother had a small balcony attached to her room. The following picture of Peter and me was taken on this balcony.

7 thoughts on “Memories

  1. and such cozy lovely memories we have of those times when we all had less square footage. it is no surprise that relationships were intertwined in such a lovely way. thank you for the marvelous post. love the sweet picture of you and Peter, Uta.

    1. How many square feet would you like for your place to live in?

      About Peter’s sister, the one who had a daughter in 1955. She’s been married for 56 years. Her husband is a bricklayer from Berlin. He built a beautiful home for his family in Austria. The daughter never wanted to move to Austria. She still lives in Berlin with her daughter. Peters sister and brother-in-law have now lived for more than thirty years in Austria in their beutiful five bedroom/ four bathroom home!

      Peter and I lived with our children for thirty years in a 10 sq.feet cottage. When we moved out of there our first three children had long left home already. We still had our youngest daughter with us when we moved to our present home, which is quite a bit larger than our other home was. Apart from the main bedroom we have two spare bedrooms. In one there’s one of our computers now, but we can still use it for visitors. When the youngest daughter comes for visits, she likes to use her old bedroom.

      Thank you very much for visiting, Kate, and for commenting!

  2. Auntie Uta, lovely photo! Your account of how it was back then shows how people adapt to their circumstances and at the same time, they are able to make the best of it. Adaptation is not just a talent or a gift people have. It is also a necessity in many circumstances.

    It’s also great to see that from early on, you were welcomed by Peter’s family with open arms.

    1. I am concerned that with climate change very much adaptation might be necessary in future for a lot of people.
      As far as so called first world countries are concerned maybe the people who aren’t scared to cut down on their living standard, if circumstances demand, will in the end be the better survivors!
      I feel really bad though when I think about some very poor people in third world countries who just don’t seem to be given any chance at all, or maybe one out of a hundred may be given a little bit of a chance and a little bit of hope. But I guess that’s what life is all about.
      Thank you, Mary-Ann, for commenting on my blog! You always give me a lot to think about.
      I am lucky, because Peter’s family is still as loving as ever. Peter’s still very close to his sister, the one who lives in Berlin. I am so looking forward to seeing her again when we travel to Berlin this coming September!

  3. What are you talking about? Love is beautiful at any age, with or without hair.
    I lost all my hair worrying about you πŸ™‚

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