Kösingen, Germany: Oscar Mayer’s Village

T in Koesingen 20010001

During our first Fulbright year, our son’s first grade class made several class field trips  in picturesque Kösingen, Germany, home to Oscar Mayer before he came to the U.S. It was not unusual for them to walk one mile or more while gathering and identifying leaves on trees.  One day our son came home to tell us the class went searching for Spuren or tracks left in the snow by all nature’s small creatures.  Having grown up in rural Western Massachusetts, I remember finding footprints and tracks on the snow.  I still continue to look out the windows after a new snowfall and see tracks of rabbits and squirrels.  I was not disappointed this morning when I gazed out the window to find rabbit tracks near the house where it was warmest.

How wonderful to discover such traces of life in an otherwise frosty snow-covered landscape. I imagine that most of suburbia takes no notice; however, I may be mistaken in that assumption.  It’s a marvel that creatures are out and about when mortals complain of the cold and snow and do not venture forth.  I never cease to gaze in amazement at sunsets or snow on the branches of fir trees.  In my mind’s eye, I paint pictures in my memory bank.  This season I wish all my readers everywhere greetings no matter what you celebrate.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  Peace to all.

Tom 1st gr.Koesingen, Ger. Schultuete0001

Turtles theme 7th bday in Schweindorf Tom0001

Tracks/Spuren

Giddy first graders donned boots
and jackets to go outdoors after
the snowfall to discover and document
those footprints left behind by the

rabbits, squirrels and deer. They
documented in carefully written
journals those wonderful discoveries.
Bright-eyed and happy in the tiny

German village where Oscar Mayer
was born. Their teacher led the
field trip through the snow and
explained where the creatures

lived in the cold winter months.
Red-cheeked and happy,
the first graders returned home
after school to tell their parents.

Seeing life in a simple manner
through the eyes of children is
a wonderful way to view life.
Wishing everyone peace.

DH000018

 

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15 Responses to Kösingen, Germany: Oscar Mayer’s Village

  1. Lovely post, Mary Ann. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

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  2. You have fantastic memories and glorious photos.

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  3. The three of you hugging remains one of my favorite pictures and memories.

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  4. Annika Perry says:

    It is wonderful to view the world as a child when everything is new, fresh, exciting and an adventure. I love the photos of your animal tracks and I like to look at them too when the snow is on the ground! A lovely post and poem, Mary Ann and I enjoy looking through your photos! Wishing you and your family a most wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year! Hugs xx🎄🎄❤️😀

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    • Much appreciated, Annika. Children have such a simple perspective on life. I am so happy our two got to live in Germany with me for two years. Now they have a lifetime of memories. What could be better. Frohe Weihnacht und ein Gutes Neues Jahr! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  5. Such fun. There is so much learning in nature. I didn’t have any of that in my youth but now, I love reading about it.

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    • Free play in the great outdoors was part of my rearing in rural Western Massachusetts. My children enjoyed that as well in Germany and in Upstate New York. Thanks for your lovely comment, Jacqui. Much appreciated.

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  6. Arno Bode,Cologne,Germany says:

    Liebe Mary Ann,
    eine liebvolle Beschreibung ,die wieder das Herz öffnet und die Gedanken an die eigene verbrachte Jugend wieder aktualisiert. Die Weihnachtszeit ist auch einmal eine Gelegenheit um Dir Dank für deine liebevoll geschriebenen Familiengeschichten auszusprechen.
    Die Liebe und Geborgenheit ,die ein Familieleben auszeichnet ist durch Nichts zu ersetzten.Ein Leben lang hält man die schönen Momente in Erinnerung .Aus diesen Erinnerungen schöpft man immer noch Kraft für die Zukunft.
    Dir,Deinem lieben Ehemann,Deinen Kindern wünschen wir ein gesegnetes Weihnachtsfest und zum Neuen Jahr alle guten Wünsche.Glück,Gesundheit,Erfolg und gutes literarisches Schaffen.Alles Liebe von Deiner Llilly und Deinem Arno

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    • Lieber Arno, Such kind words in your comment. Much appreciated by me. At the moment we have just returned from singing for the Franciscan nuns at the Motherhouse and now off to sing at church. The weather changes from ice, sleet, rain and snow. Now the reverse is happening. Our daughter should be ok since she has had rain much of her trip. Always around Syracuse, the weather changes. Peace and happiness to you and Lilly. Blessings in the New Year, Mary Ann

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  7. Peter Klopp says:

    This post was a delight to read. The outdoor activities you reported remind me of the teacher in a nearby school, who initiated a program for her primary students called Walking Wednesdays. Rain or shine, the students go for a walk into the forest to a place by the name of magic circle. There in nature a lot of learning takes place. Thank you for sharing! Coming myself from Germany I have a soft spot for posts on my former Heimat. Best wishes for 2018!

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    • Thank you for a thoughtful comment. It is so much appreciated. I am glad you recalled a nearby teacher with a similar activity. After having studied in Heidelberg for three years, I was so pleased I was able to bring my children with me for two special years of learning for all of us when I was a Fulbright Teacher in Neresheim and later in Berlin. Peace in 2018 to you and yours.

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