When Amanda’s Friendly Friday Photo Challenge prompt “Revisited” appeared in my Reader today, I thought about it for a moment and then opened my photo app to see which moment in my life I’d like to revisit through this post. While browsing my photos, I came across pictures my little sister sent from her summer vacation on the Baltic Sea in 2016. While there, she picked out this beautiful Muschelkasten and collected some shells on that beach for my birthday gift.
Strandkörbe near Heidkate in 2016
In 1970, my two favorite aunts treated my two sisters and me to a vacation in that very same area of the Baltic Sea in Northern Germany. The Ostsee vacation was a reward for having helped care for our grandmother during the final days of her life in 1969. My aunts had run out of vacation time during my grandmother’s illness, so my sister and I volunteered caring for our Omi in the daytime during our summer vacation.
Gabi, Susi and I at the beach in Heidkate in 1970.
The summer of 1970 my aunts rented a small cottage right by the beach in Heidkate.
While there, we celebrated my little sister’s 6th birthday,
and even took the ferry to Sønderborg, Denmark,
where we each got a gigantic ice cream cone dipped in chocolate.
It was one of the happiest summers of my entire childhood!
Never before had I seen such an enormous body of water,
heard the sound of ocean waves,
felt warm beach sand between my toes,
watched crying gulls circle above,
nor collected seashells,
all in the warm sunshine of a summer breeze …
This seashell treasure box on my desk take me right back to that summer at the Ostsee.
That’s where my love of the sea must have come from.
This week’s Friendly Friday Photo Challenge is hosted by Amanda at Something to Ponder About . Click on the link to check out her post and the links to the other participant’s blogs in her comment section. Amanda also has detailed instructions for anyone wanting to join in the fun. Next week’s Challenge will be hosted by Snow again. See you there!
Thank you Schwesterherz for letting me use your Heidkate photos for this post!