Confirmation and a mishap

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Dominik and Sebastian after the mass

Okay, everyone, I am getting ready for the flight…I think…

My youngest brother Dominik, aged 16, had his confirmation this weekend, so I went to my hometown Nackenheim, south of Mainz. It was a nice service, lots of youngsters, 38 all in all. Dominik had chosen my middle brother Sebastian as his confirmation godfather. The decision process had given him some pains, because he did not want to decide between Sebastian and me. We both told him that whomever he chooses would be fine with us. He finally settled on Sebastian when he learned that I was Sebastian’s godfather when he had his confirmation. Gave him a reason for his decision. It made me proud to see them both up there in the altar room and it made me think about how fast Dominik has grown up, a lot of memories of him and me, and also my own confirmation.

Family: my aunt, mother, me, grandma, Dominik, his girlfriend Lou, Sebastian and Christiane

So much has changed since then, I feel like I am searching for answers more than ever. Whatever this confirmation means to each individual, it is a ritual of growing up, of taking responsibility for yourself and for others in this world. At the same time we are reminded that we are not alone in what we do.

My dad’s not being with us physically was a tremendous pain, during the gospel I cried when I realized that it was the exact same as the funeral’s gospel. There are so many moments when I am reminded of him. I feel him inside me and I feel him around me, but it is still so hard to accept. My grandma, his mother, was sitting beside me during the mass and we held hands.

The rest of the weekend was spent with family and friends, talking, eating cake and saying good-bye for the next three months.

My dad on his last day...cropping the trees in the garden.
I am sad to leave so many people behind, but also feel the excitement growing with every day coming closer. My mom will take a day off work on Wednesday to get me to the airport and my brother’s girlfriend Christiane will come along since she has her regular day off on Wednesdays.

And now to the mishap: Yesterday, while sitting in the garden with my friend Thomas, I stood up and wanted to look at the tree tops. While figuring out a way not to wet my socks on the lawn (yes, taking them off would have been a great idea!), I was walking close to the car port that was only built last year. It has a sharp and pointed triangle coming out about the height of my head. I did not see it at all, was walking a little stooped over and when I straightened up, I hit my head right in the middle with full force.

The hideous cornered roof on the right hand side.
Hurt like crazy for a bit, then it started bleeding. The wound didn’t really close till this morning, and it still doesn’t look all too good and I am feeling a bit dizzy today so I went to see my doctor this afternoon…I told her I wouldn’t be here if I weren’t leaving for Bots the day after tomorrow. She inspected the wound, said it wasn’t worth bothering, that it closed alright and I simply should stay away with my fingers. She prescribed a pain killer though, cause she thinks it’s quite possible that I will feel pain down my spine from the hit. Also, se prescribed antibiotics just in case I get sick with my stomach for whatever reason down in Bots…so, I am also set now.

Have been busy doing some paperwork this morning and will see some more friends today.

The next blog entry will be about my packing adventures…probably tomorrow night.

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Dominik and Sebastian after the ma…
Dominik and Sebastian after the m…
Family: my aunt, mother, me, grand…
Family: my aunt, mother, me, gran…
My dad on his last day...cropping …
My dad on his last day...cropping…
The hideous cornered roof on the r…
The hideous cornered roof on the …
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And off goes the top...
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