I promised myself a German tour before the end of the summer. Before returning home. Home. Connecting with previous lives. Saying good-bye to it. Not forever, maybe, but for the foreseeable future, most likely.
Today it was Cologne, the first ‘stop’ and just for a few hours, between the time my train arrived and the time the only affordable Ryanair flight out of Germany to Dublin today was going to leave. You could be in different minds, I guess, about whether doing something like this makes sense at all. Sometimes we all do things that don’t make sense. But feel good and feel right.
Back in Cologne, for a few hours, I went back almost 35 years in my life. Studying. Kinda. Without a bother in the world. Carefree.
Just arrived back home. Earlier than I’d thought because I got a really nice surprise lift from one of our daughters. Almost couldn’t get into the house because of all the blocks waiting to become the walls of Pádraig’s new rooms. So great to see them!
On the plane I talked to a German woman who is coming over to Ireland for a week’s holidays. She is a Biodancer instructor. She told me about her work and the effects of biodancing, how biodancing can be used to express yourself, to communicate, to experience others in dancing. She said that physical contact, touch, is so important for our well-being.
Whether you believe in coincidences or not, I think there was a very valuable lesson here for Pádraig and for us when caring for Pádraig. The important of touch and physical contact for his physical and mental well-being.
When I left this morning, Pádraig had just woken up and was getting ready for the day. He had a good day, with his usual meals and the walk in the park. There is almost a sense of routine, or normality.
Today’s German Music Tip
GENETIKK, Wünsch dir was. Das Leben ist kein Wunschkonzert. Du musst dran glauben und dann erfüllt sich was. Super Rap on a Mission.
Being stuck in time
The German word/phrase/verse of the day
Hasse keinen Frisör deme das erzählen kann?