Share Your Story #1: Carmen Beaubeaux

April 23, 2019

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In celebration of German-American friendship, we’re featuring stories from people like you!

Do you have a story to share with us about your German-American experience? Whether you are of German heritage or are someone who loves all things German, we want to hear from you! Send us a brief example of a time you enjoyed engaging with Germany in some way and we’ll publish the best contributions on our blog during the campaign!

What does “Wunderbar Together” mean to you? Stories can be anything from funny to heartwarming and highlight intercultural experiences studying, living, and working in the United States or Germany. Be creative!

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This week’s story was written by Carmen Beaubeaux from San Diego, California, who shared her story about visiting her family in Germany as a young woman.

In the mid-60’s, as a young military dependent, Germany was my summer playground. Every year during summer recess, our large family piled into our oversized Plymouth Fury station wagon in Naples, Italy – where my father, a naval officer, was stationed – and drove to Kaiserslautern, Germany where my uncle, an Army officer, lived on the NATO base. There, Uncle Danny met and married a beautiful German lady, my precious Aunt Lily – who loved me like a daughter and, who – when I was old enough – taught me how to apply eye-liner and gave me my first bikini. They had two sons in Germany – Peter and Troy. Lily and Danny retired to South Carolina and remained in love for all their lives. On that last summer in Germany in 1969, Lily gifted our family with a dachshund. Sadly, my dear aunt is now gone but she abides in my memories – especially in the summertime – swimming at the Wesch and riding the roller coaster at her brother’s traveling beer fest in the countryside where we stayed for days and days and learned to peel apples and make strudel and smuggle the fruit in our pockets to feed the elephant. Those happy German times are so imprinted upon my childhood imagination that I enrolled my son in The Waldorf School of San Diego. Now, in our mid-sixties, my husband and I live our 30′ Airstream trailer, Beauty, and travel full-time. And, it is always a joy to hear a breathless “Wunderbar!” uttered at a magnificent viewpoint at a national park or recreation area. Enthusiastic and adventurous German hikers, rock climbers, geologists and mountain bikers express so much appreciation for the American landscape and energize our adventures.

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