The Family Album
Mariétou, Aminata and
May through November
2000In May 2000, Aminata
started walking. On Pentecost, she was already quite good at it, which
considerably enlarged the possibilities to make mischief with Nafi. On June 21,
Ami celebrated her first birthday with Luca and Nafi.
Shortly thereafter, we had to
go to Regensburg, because both Great-Grandmothers were in the hospital. There,
we also met aunt Evi and cousin Lilli.
At the beginning of August,
Günter fell from the bike and hurt himself so much, he had to use crutches for
the next two weeks. Brother Ibou came from Italy, and we took all the kids to
the Wilhelma, the Stuttgart zoo. Aminata, Mortala and Moustapha were unseparable
durin the whole two weeks.
The neighbours' grandson
Florian was a favourite companion, too. With Nafi coming over on weekends, chaos
was guaranteed. The berry-and-sandbox orgy with following mixed bathtub-relay
will go down in history.
Our next visitor was Jean-René.
Early in October, we went to South-Tyrol to visit
After that, Lamine Bâ, well known to the readers
of Günter's gothic
novels, came to visit us, with his daughter Bijou.
At the end of October, we went to Regensburg to
celebrate Great-Granny Gretel's 96th birthday.
Aminata's hair is now long enough for mother to
braid it. As a reward, she may help in the household or pose with uncle
The last great event was Evi's and Lilli's visit,
an occasion for the cousins to know each other.
At the end of November, Aminata and Mariétou flew
to Dakar. It took Günter two whole weeks to get up and scribble this page, but
in the end he had to, since he wants to join his family on December 14.
Waiblingen, 10 December 2000