April Snow

We went as migrants from Germany to Australia in 1959. Eighteen years later we were able to go back to Germany for a visit. Peter had taken his long service leave. This is why we could stay in Germany for about two months, from the middle of March to the middle of May. The year was 1977. Peter looked up now the date for Easter Sunday of that year. It was actually the 10th of April.

Peter and I, we both distinctly remember Good Friday and Easter Sunday of 1977. On Good Friday late in the evening we went outside after we had seen a wonderful opera performance (Aida!). We saw gently, gently a few snowflakes coming down. During the following day the snow disappeared because it was not cold enough for it to remain.

However on Easter Sunday we went with Peter’s family to a restaurant called ‘Die Zwiebelstuben’. The same thing happened. We looked out of the window and saw snowflakes ever so gently coming from above and settling on the ground. It was such a peaceful picture. We just loved it.

People have been telling us recently, this year they still have a lot of snow all over Berlin. They are sick and tired of the cold temperatures. They are longing so very much for spring to arrive. They say in April it should be much warmer already. And they think it’s about time that the snow should disappear. Snow in April? It reminds us a bit of the snow we saw in April of 1977. However the snow in April of 1977 didn’t last for very long. We just noticed it on a couple of nights and soon it was gone again.

These two nights in 1977 when we saw the snowflakes coming down, these two night were an unforgettable experience for us. This sort of calmness you usually would remember in connection with Christmas. But this was not Christmastime; it happened to be Easter of 1977. Really wonderful.

12 thoughts on “April Snow

  1. I am so very glad you write this blog. It makes me feel warm and cozy like I’m clutched in my Grandmother’s arms. My great-grandfather immigrated from Germany in the late 1800’s and my grandmother was born in the early 1900’s. I spent a lot of time with her in the 1970’s and it was the best time of my life. Anyway, you bring back those memories. Thank you.

    1. I’m glad, Devon, that you get something our of my writing. My great-grandparents immigrated from Germany to the Lodz area which belonged to Russia at the time. This was in the early 1800s. I have great memories spending holiday time in Lodz with the grandparents and all the aunties and uncles and cousins. They all fled to Germany when the Russian army approached in January 1945. They were all German speakers but all of them also spoke Polish and some spoke Russian as well.
      My husband and I are already great-grandparents and we’ve lived in Australia since 1959. All our children live in Australia too.

  2. I remember the Good Friday evening very well. “Aida” was performed by the famous Verona Opera Company in an indoor sports arena. When we came out later Berlin was covered in a blanket of snow. From there we went to a French restaurant (http://www.zwiwwel-berlin.de/) and we were sitting, with your brother and his wife, in an alcove. We had the feeling we were sitting among the clouds and the snow flakes falling gently on three sides of us. Of course, we had some onion soup. Today, the restaurant has a German menu.

    1. Thanks, Berlioz, for the link to this beautiful restaurant. Going to this link I noticed their picture gallery. In one of the pictures I saw this alcove you mentioned in your comment. It still looks the same as in 1977!

  3. It is interesting when people who left somewhere as children go back. What they remember, what strikes then as unusual.

    I think we only remember parts of our own past.

  4. I think in some families this is being done already. For me writing down memories has been made easier with computers. Thanks for your comment, Sidey.

  5. Liebe Freundin wieder sehr schön beschrieben deine Erinnerungen,ja man denkt gerne mal zurück in die Verkanenheit das mache ich auch,und schreibe meine Gedangen auf.Muss schön gewesen sein 18 Jahre Australien ist ja ein schönes weites Land,aber ich werde voll nicht mehr zu weit Reisen können.Ich wünsche dir einen schönen glücklichen Mittwoch,und ganz liebe Grüße von mir.Gislinde

  6. Ja, liebe Gislinde, wir sind nun schon seit 1959 in Australien. Wir finden es schön hier. Aber wir gehen auch immer ganz gern einmal zu Besuch nach Berlin. Nächste Woche werden wir eine längere Fahrt ins Innere von New South Wales machen und dann nach Melbourne. Wir werden fast zwei Wochen von zu Hause weg sein. Du hast recht, Australien ist ein weites Land. Wir sind längst noch nicht überall gewesen. Liebe Grüsse, Uta.

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