Corinna and the Family

Corinna, my niece, is the daughter of Klaudia and my brother Peter Uwe. She is the one who introduced me to WordPress. And this is how I came up with the blog name Aunty Uta.

Corinna has a son named Carlos Emilio. It was his birthday the other day and I forgot it. I am really becoming very forgetful! Corinna’s partner and the father of Carlos is Walter. Carlos has an older half-brother who lives with his mother but comes regularly for visits. The two brothers get on very well together.

So this is a bit more history. For an outsider all these names and connections may be rather confusing. I too seem to get to that stage now, where it is somewhat difficult to keep up with all the names. This is why it is good for me to write everything down. This way everything may stick a bit better in my memory. Also some of my descendants could in future perhaps be interested in all this, that is, if, what I write down is going to be preserved somehow for posterity!!

Maybe I am going to publish my posts about marriages and divorces and separations and partnerships in my “pages” one day to keep them all together. That way someone who is interested in my family can look it up all at once. I find it interesting to contemplate about different living arrangements that people have. Looking at my extended family there are various examples of different ways of living together. What about single persons? Well, there are not many in my family that I can think of. But there are some. I can also think of one single parent with one child. Most divorced people in my family seem to have ended in some kind of new relationship, either a new marriage or just a partnership.

I think I did not mention one brother of my father who as a widower married a widow. Other widowed relatives stayed on their own after their spouse passed away. And so it goes. All my relatives, who were older than I, seem to have passed away now. I cannot think of any that are still alive. That means I am well and truly the oldest in my family!! 🙂

In Peter’s family I can think of several people older than him who are still alive: For instance his two sisters, also cousins Margot and Renate. I had three older cousins on my father’s side: All are dead. However there are a number of younger cousins that are still alive. I really would like to see all of them one more time.

On my mother’s side there were only three cousins all together, all older than I. Come to think of it, one of the cousins, Wolfgang, the son of my mother’s brother, may still be alive. He is eight years my senior. So I am probably not the oldest after all!! 🙂

Wolfgang’s twin sister, Renate, died in October 2012. At the time we happened to be in Berlin for a visit. Renate died in Munich. We travelled from Berlin to Munich for Renate’s funeral. Soon after I wrote a blog about this.

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Auntie, Sister. Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Mother and Wife of German Descent I’ve lived in Australia since 1959 together with my husband Peter. We have four children, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. I started blogging because I wanted to publish some of my childhood memories. I am blogging now also some of my other memories. I like to publish some photos too as well as a little bit of a diary from the present time. Occasionally I publish a story with a bit of fiction in it. Peter, my husband, is publishing some of his stories under View all posts by auntyuta

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  1. berlioz1935 EditOh, dear! We are all getting older and soon there won’t be anybody in front of us any more. Our grandparents are long gone but we still carry the stories they told us in us. That is a family history of between 140 and 150 years. At least I was listening when they told stories. My grandchildren are not interested in what I have to tell. How do they feel of what happened eighty years ago. Perhaps I should ask them next time I see them. I might be surprised.Reply
    1. auntyuta EditYes, do not give up, Berlioz. Do tell them stories! 🙂Reply
  2. giselzitrone EditWünsche dir liebe Ute einen wunderschönen Mittwoch hoffe es geht dir gut liebe Grüße von mir GislindeReply
  3. auntyuta EditDanke, liebe Gislinde. Ja, es geht mir gut. Ich hoffe, dass du eine gute Woche hast.
    Liebbe Grüsse von mir, Uta 🙂Reply
  4. Holistic Wayfarer EditThat’s great writing all this helps your own remembering and yes, will certainly be precious info for those below you. =)Reply
    1. auntyuta EditThanks very much for this comment, dear Diana. It means a lot to me.
  5. aussieian2011 EditYou are to be commended Uta for keeping these records for future generations.
    That is one positive aspect of technology in regards to the computer.
    My storys are mainly word of mouth, as most of my life was military, and that can become a boring subject after a while, even though there are quite a few interesting aspects of that life.
    Wishing you both great happiness, and may you both live long enough for Tony Abbott to send you back to work, hehe.
    1. auntyuta EditOh, yes, Ian, I am sure someone is going to employ us before long, If only we try hard enough! It is possible for us to work, I am sure a kind employer wont mind that we are getting slower and slower. I’d say it is a good idea to have 80 and 90 year olds in the workforce. No need to employ all the young people. What for employ young people if there are still enough oldies around?! 🙂
      No doubt there would be some interesting aspects of your life, Ian, that you could tell about. Some things you probably already tell your grandchildren, but maybe a lot more you could write down for future reference. You may have time to do all this if Tony Abbot refrains from sending you back to work! Hehe 🙂
    2. berlioz1935 EditI wonder what job he has in mind for us, planting trees, perhaps?Reply
      1. auntyuta EditPeter, I think whatever we do, it can only be volunteer work and looking after ourselves as much as possible without government intervention. This is a way to save government money, isn’t it? 🙂

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  2. Yes, keeping contact with people is important and blogging is one way of doing this. I too spend most of the time on my own but recently found a good woman friend through the internet, There are days that the only contact is by text messages.
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    1. auntyuta
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  1. auntyuta Says:
    This blog of yours, Helvi, reminds me that I still have to downsize as far as books are concerned. Also a lot of boxes are waiting to be sorted with collected bits and pieces, as for instance letters and photos from way, way back! 🙂

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    • auntyuta Says:
      Now, more than three years later, I am still in the process of throwing out books, and I still need to decide, what from the above mentioned boxes needs to be saved, so that some of my descendants maybe can find out a few things about my long life?

      With very bad eyesight, and the need for downsizing due to very old age, I soon won’t have any need for book shelves any more! 🙂

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  1. gerard oosterman
  2. Well, it certainly is a well told tale and I am sure Helvi would admire the telling of it. ‘It is from a male writer,’ she might well have surmised, and she could possibly have added that a women writer might well not have added all the details of their congress. An admirable tale, well told Joe
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  4. Yes.. a male writer for certain…but here I would have you agree with me, Gerard..the days where a female writer would venture into the sensous…even agressive description of sexual “congress” have been reduced since the passing of Anais Nin…It seems to be a male..liability..(is that the correct word?) to lay such florid description before a now bowdlerised public…and perhaps in the doing, even doing women in general a favour in easing the bonds of social expectation….the harshness of that descriptive word I used to name a woman’s genitalia was the only one I could imagine that fitted the bill to describe a man’s dualism of adoration and cursing of incessant hunger for that something…if you get my drift…any other word seemed pathetic and weak.
    I regret that we as a society have been shanghied into an age where it seems that women must once again hide their sexual desires behind a wall of harsh pseudo, religo, feminist purity…when in that age of that story, many of us had just come out of a era of bowdlerisation…sure sex today is exhibited and displayed in language and action…but I don’t think that the deep desire for each other is either healthy or mutually enjoyed..I don’t think the young have that sense of trust in the other gender any more…”..and we live our lives in the shadow of the divine.”..I chose those words carefully..
    But ah!…I too am now old……no regrets though.
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  6. “I don’t think the young have that sense of trust in the other gender any more…”You may be right there, Joe. I enjoyed reading your story. Very much so indeed. I am sure, even as a teenager, I would have loved reading this story! I wonder whether then or now a lot of teenagers would have been keen to read a story like this? 
  7. freefall852
  8. Hello, Uta…I thank you very much for your reading and comment…I have “tested” the story on one other, a female relative of my own age (She lives in Holland) and she too enjoyed the story and the spirit in which it was told, that being in that time many years ago when sexual adventure was not soured least..public condemnation…though I have to admit that some personal relationships DID suffer somewhat from the experience. I wanted to show both the erotic alongside the respect for each other as individuals with individual desires..and how sexual relationships can be both a sensual and loving thing…
    I have treasured memories from those years of encounters that still come back to me in the small hours of the night, bringing a sentimental joy for the memory…I loved those women that came into my life…beautiful people.
    I have petitioned Michael to consider putting it up on his blog…but I have doubts that there is a maturity of thinking there that will accept the sexual language…..we’ll see…
    I wrote this in an article a fair while back..; “There are moments many of us live through in our lives that can give such emotional pleasure and personal joy that they are held in deepest secrecy and must never be revealed except perhaps .. and that is a big “perhaps” .. at point of death. For to release such a secret of one’s deepest personality is equal to destroying the base belief in a personal future. ”
  9. again..thanks for your support.
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  11. Well, it was a good read. What about the morality in this story? It seems to me that all moral concerns can be blown away in some situations. Only someone, who is very much aware of the female psyche, could have written this story in this way. This is honestly how I feel about this story.
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  13. Hello again Uta….Morality?….there was a small window of time in the late 60’s to early-mid seventies where morals took a back-seat to the sexual revolution…especially in the tropics of Australia where I wasted a pleasant few years in intoxicating, hedonistic pleasure along with many, many other young adventurers of both sexes…and I DO MEAN adventurers in every sense of the word…and myself being an inquisitive sort of chap, took careful notice of the behaviours of my fellow sensualists of that time and location…and yes, I have for many years been acutely I am still…of the female psyche..too many men just ogle but not study the exotic that is the “Holy Grail” of a man’s desire….where just the voice of a woman is enough to entrance and mesmerise…Edith Piaf, for instance…But I will stop before I bore you by saying too much…I once tried to explain it but no-one listens anymore….here..:
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Reply to Peter Hannerman on “Pearl”.

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Peter…hello…well,I have to tell you because I know you know also that women have a way of communicating that is like an inquiring caress…I suppose that is how they learn so much about their men. I was the youngest of four children born in quick succession..then there were several miss-carriages after me, so there was a gap of seven years between myself and my younger sibling..and in those years, I believe my mother kept me especially close as a kind of reassurance and comforting security…and I believe it was from that closeness to my mother that I learned many instinctive womanly intricacies…the whispered secrets, the anguish and desire soft spoken into a babes innocent ear, secure that he could never repeat a woman’s most hidden desires…I have to speculate on this, because I was too young to even be aware…but I do remember one incident…My mother was fond of those B-Grade western movies, particularly with Glen Ford..I remember “The Gunfight at the OK Corral”. and she used to take me to the city in the daytime while my father was at work and the others were in school, to the Regent Theatre..and this one day we went to see “Tammy and the Bachelor”…not that I was interested in the movie, but I was enthralled by the little square windows high at the back of the theatre where the flickering lights of the projector shone through ( I know that now, of course) and I would turn in my seat to watch them…and this one moment when I was watching the flickering lights, I saw the side of my mother’s face as she watched the film and I saw a tear form in her eye and then roll down her cheek…..that little moment has stuck above all in my memory of our outings…and now, in my aged years..I do know why…..anyway..I’ve now got to go do the dishes..goodnight.
Btw…I also have a special fondness for the song from that movie, corny as it is…I almost weep every time I hear it…

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  1. auntyutaReblogged this on AuntyUta and commented:
    These are lovely memories, Joe. Peter had some very special memories too from way back before he was even three years old. Hearing him talking about it, always fascinated me.Liked by 1 personReply
    1. freefall852I came across that moment accidently, Uta..and it seemed that it was waiting for its moment to be put down…I hope it cheers yourself somewhat…My knowing you and Peter has given more to my life..Liked by youReply
      1. auntyuta, you say you have a special fondness for this song.
        Peter and I did get to know it a long time ago, Yes, it is indeed very beautiful,
        Thank you for including it, Joe! Liked by 1 person
      2. freefall852What many people miss in the judgement of such songs by saying they are soppy, corny or syrupy that contained within them is the cryptic core desire of a more sublime instinct of the humanity in us all…in the so-called crude rendition of both words and music is the (now) lost heart of the “want” of the certain hunger for deep affection or love…“Somewhere..Between the soul and the Divine,Between that love you seek and the love you find,Is a place of absolute beauty,Is a place concealed and undefined.”Liked by you
  2. auntyutaA hunger for deep affection or love –
    A place of absolute beauty
    To seek and to find love –
    Or love finds you!Liked by 1 personReply
  3. Bridgesburning ChrisHow lovely. Thank youLiked by 1 personReply

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