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Expat wanderer

Two Photos

I have a photo of my Dad and me when I was only five or six months old. I am in my snow suit, with a big hat on my head. My dad has lifted me high on his right hand, high above his head, and I am oblivious to the danger, and out of my mind with delight – you know how babies are. I have a look on my face of delerious happiness. I am almost as high as the mountain in the background. I am – almost literally – on top of the world. My Dad is young and thin and strong. He was a great skiier in those days.

The second photo is of my Dad and my Mom, on a visit to Germany, only eight years ago. Dad was 80. They flew to Germany and rented a car to visit us, and to tour some of their old haunts from their own ten years of living in Heidelberg. He and Mom crawled up on the fountain at Deidesheim to stand behind the bronze costumes for a photo. Their faces are effused in smiles; they are still young in spirit if not in body, and having a wonderful time.

In recent years, my Dad was less and less able. His big project every week was to program the video recorder to record two tapes a week of prime time American television for my husband and I – we would watch it whenever we wanted and had time. He was known at the post office as the man who came in twice a week mailing these videotapes to us, and he loved it that he was so well known by the folks at the post office.

Dad died last night. He was 88. I’ll be going back for a short time. Dad, I know you’ve gone to a better place. Alhamdallah.


December 20, 2006 - Posted by | ExPat Life, Family Issues, Generational, Germany, Kuwait, Relationships, Travel


  1. am sorry for ur loss.

    Comment by Fonzy | December 20, 2006 | Reply

  2. My condolences to you and your family.

    Comment by Don Veto | December 20, 2006 | Reply

  3. I’m so sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Comment by Stinni | December 20, 2006 | Reply

  4. My condolences

    Comment by 3baid | December 20, 2006 | Reply

  5. So sorry for your loss.

    Comment by True Faith | December 20, 2006 | Reply

  6. deepest condolences xpat.

    have a safe trip and god bless.

    Comment by skunk | December 20, 2006 | Reply

  7. Sorry for your loss dear; My condolences to you and your familly.

    Comment by Abdulaziz | December 20, 2006 | Reply

  8. Thank you, all of you, for your kindness and your prayers. Dad was so lively all his life, but his recent years were discouraging – a steady decline. It is hard on those of us left behind, but we all believe he is in a beautiful place now. Thank you again.

    Comment by intlxpatr | December 21, 2006 | Reply

  9. My deepest condolences and so sorry for your loss darling.

    Comment by DiiGMaa | December 21, 2006 | Reply

  10. I am sorry for your loss. Have a safe trip home.

    Comment by Q8Sultana | December 26, 2006 | Reply

  11. im sorry for your loss. may he rest in peace


    Comment by ananyah | December 27, 2006 | Reply

  12. DiiGMaa, Q8Sultana and Ananyah – thank you, habeebaati. “Loss” is such a small word, isn’t it, for such a great sadness. . . .sigh. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.

    Comment by intlxpatr | December 27, 2006 | Reply

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