20 Dec

Well, it seems that winter is here in the Black Forest in Southern Germany.  A nice surprise for me after spending many years in the mostly snow-free zone of New Orleans, Louisiana.  I woke up this morning, looked out the window to see the snow coming down, white powder collecting on the roof of Michael’s BMW Wagon.  A big smile crept up from within me… unexpected – a childlike delight at seeing the snow coming down.

It seems that the winter, the cold and the snow are calling for things to slow down a little bit.  The chill in the air and the holidays around the corner are setting the pace.  I am enjoying the simple things of spending time with Imke, Michael and their children.  And I have some time for a little peace and respite on my own in the privacy of their ground floor.  I am noticing little joys here like drinking Black Forest water… native to the area and distributed… free! at the local grocery stores.  When Michael and Imke return from the grocery store, Michael reminds me that it is at its natural temperature… cool and refreshing!  And recently to discover that the Black Forest Chocolate cake I have eaten since I was a kid… is in fact from this area in Germany… the Black Forest.  Of course!

Yesterday I took a nice walk not far from their home… just meters away, a long fresh walk surrounded by the Forest and the hills.  The walk was kind to my New Orleans flat land loving legs… some incline, but modest… yes… kind.  The path was dotted with sculptures… but to me the real beauty was the landscape.  Sometimes I feel like I just need to disappear into the outdoors for a bit… lose myself in something… greater than me.  Surrendering to the outdoors which somehow feels… limitless…

I continue to be of simple assistance here, a little vacuuming, cleaning up after lunch and dinner.  Sometimes at night I indulge myself in watching  videos of the television show House.  A little American escape.  Michael and Imke also watch the show, but when they watch House and his colleagues are speaking German.  Here in Germany most television shows and movies are from other places, with German voices dubbed in.  For the first time the other day, watching House, I had an experience, a thought of United States and American culture being something separate… something other from who I am and where I am… a piece of the puzzle, yes,  but not the whole pie… Previously after so many years of swimming in the big pond of the States, it has seemed like that’s all there was.

I will be here for just a few more days with definite plans of what’s next still to unfold.  I was reminded by my host, Imke, that Winter is a time of things being stagnant, dying off… and then in spring things begin to bloom again. Giving myself permission to surrender and enjoy the slow pace that is presenting itself.  In that spirit, she encouraged me to.. of course… go with the flow.

And in that spirit, I will enjoy my day in the Black Forest surrounded by a little white powder, cool fresh air outside, and a warm fire inside.  Just another day.  In winter in the Black Forest.

3 Responses to “Winter”

  1. Elizabeth Ohmer Pellegrin 12/20/2011 at 13:26 #

    I loved reading about your new self discoveries! Yes, this is part of what I wished you to experience. While I’m feeling just a little, tiniest bit sad to see you leave Michael & Imke’s (you just got there & it sounds like such a lovely place!), I also trust that you will be brought to the next place on your journey!
    There the new explorations await you!

    I saw Tara off today. Another wandering gypsy flower …. taking a leap …. seeking new adventures …. and no doubt many discoveries along the way! She’s headed to Melbourne, Australia! Hope she starts a blog like you did! Are you in touch w/Tara?
    Love & Reiki to you!

  2. Elizabeth Ohmer Pellegrin 12/20/2011 at 13:30 #

    And btw, did you try Black Forest ham or bacon? I know you’re not much of a meat eater! I’m not much of a pork eater, but I’d have to try some while I was there!

  3. Jean Vegas 12/22/2011 at 02:49 #

    Enjoyed your thoughts–so kind of you to share them. Wishing you a wonderful holiday season. Love, Jean

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