I would like to introduce you to my Great-Uncle Helmut who was born in 1938 and lives in Germany. I am feeling wonderful. Today I received an e-mail from Helmut, my grandmother Erna's brother. I am a genealogy enthusiast. Helmut said it is nice that I am interested in my German relatives and if they can help, they would like to fill the gaps in the family tree. He still has some documents of my great grandfather. I am forever grateful to him for making contact over E-mail and any help he will provide for family research.
I am very touched by the e-mail received, as he is not very fluent in english and so we use a translator from German to English. Gunter went on to say he was very happy about my contact with him and his partner and he still has some documents of Erna's father, my great-grandfather.
The best bit of the E-mail, was when Gunter wrote the following passage.
"To you, dear Ria, we can still remember well. You are not alien to us. When we were in 1990
Erna and Harry in Ipswich, you were still a little girl. You got into yours
Pretty dress like a princess. Erna has always sent us photos of her
Grandchildren. She was very proud of you all."
It made me tear up a little.
I was very young when I moved away with my husband to America(My parents and Aunt are in England). I can not always visit my mother on the weekend. it was not easy for me and there are certain tears that came with such a big decision. But I love my husband I wouldn't have been without him. And now we want to buy a house in Texas. I hope sometime this year we find something suitable.
And with this said, I made and sent a card to him to say Thankyou.
The card message reads
Lieber Onkel Helmut und Tante Edeltraud, Deine Betrachtung ist ein Geschenk, das ich immer schätze. Manchmal sind die einfachsten Dinge am meisten. Ich freue mich darauf, den Stammbaum mit eurer Hilfe auszustoßen.
translated to English.
Dear Uncle Helmut and Aunt Edeltraud,
Your thoughtfulness is a gift I will always treasure.
Sometimes the simplest things mean the most.
I look forward to expanding the family tree with your help.
My German is broken and sometimes I do need the help from the Google Translator and my German friends. I hope he likes the card.